I have asked this question on PP forum as well and am hoping someone here can help us.
We are travelling by bus from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and plan to go to Koh Rong Samloem (staying at M'Pay Bungalows - 4 nights).
Our plans are:
Jan 21st - bus from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville on and then by boat to the island - all on the same day. Is this possible??
The owners are happy to book a long tail boat for us when we arrive (anytime till 4pm) as we will miss the 8am ferry obviously.
My concern is the timing of it all since it's a long bus ride from PP to Sihanoukville - what time do you think the bus will reach Sihanoukville?
Would love to hear from people who've done this trip before as I am aware that sometimes buses don't always follow the timetable times in these countries.
Return trip - Jan 25th - island to Sihanoukville (Ferry leaves at 3pm so maybe a chartered long tail boat early that morning?) and back on the bus to PP.
Will a bus get us to PP by Jan 25th night? We fly out of PP early the next morning so will need to have a night there (majority of our luggage will be left back in PP).
OR should we consider leaving the island the day before - Jan 24th - on the ferry, spending the night in Sihanoukville and then catching bus to PP next morning??? More relaxed and sure?
Just not keen on giving up time on the island if we can avoid it.
I would really appreciate ANY advice on this!!