Get outta town
There is much more to see in Cambodia than the temples of Angkor and the capital city of Phnom Penh; the Kingdom’s offering of exciting destinations is rich and plentiful.
There are the wonderful beaches at Sihanoukville, Irrawaddy dolphins in Kratie, the hill tribe areas of Mondulkiri and Ratanakkiri, just to name a few, and they’re all easy to get to with a little forward planning.
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The main roads have mostly been improved and there are now more areas covered by regular bus services. The route between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh has the most options with buses leaving hourly from 6:30am- 2:30pm – the Giant Ibis bus with Wi-Fi on board and lots of leg space has proven to be very popular.
There are now a few companies providing a faster service by minivan that carry fewer passengers. Capitol and Sorya also have coaches to Battambang, Kratie, Kampot/Kep, Sihanoukville, Ratanakiri and all the towns in between.
Taxis are a popular and reasonably priced choice, especially if you’re in a small group, and allow you to shave a bit of time off and stop at places along the way. A one-way journey to Phnom Penh will cost you from $65 upwards, depending on the quality of the car and the driver, and the time of day that you choose to leave.
Early morning will usually be cheaper as the driver should be able to find some passengers to take back to Siem Reap in the afternoon.
If you’re in a hurry and not worried about the cost, there are daily flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as regular flights from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville. Many airlines now fly domestically in Cambodia and flights to Phnom Penh can be had for as little as $30 if you book in advance – check online for details.
There is also the option of renting a motorcycle, which offers the most freedom for your journey. You will need to leave your passport as collateral and you will be responsible for the bike, so don’t crash or lose it.