The ways around
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 beaches at Sihanoukville, Irrawaddy dolphins in Kratie, the hill tribe areas of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri just to name a few, and they’re all easy to get to with a little forward planning.
The 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 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 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, and regular flights from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville. Check www.cambodiaangkorair.com.
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 are responsible for the bike. Driving in Cambodia poses its own set of challenges and you should read up before hitting the highway – driving after dark is also not recommended.