to Sihanoukville and Southern Cambodia
Phnom Penh and Koh Kong are the primary gateways to
Sihanoukville and southern Cambodia. From
Phnom Penh, most people travel by bus, taxi or
motorcycle to one or more of the most popular southern cities -
Kep. There are several
buses between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville
And Cambodia Angkor Air now offers direct Sihanoukville-Siem
Reap flights. Check with a travel agent for the current flight
The international border crossings at
1) Had Lek, Thailand/Koh Kong, Cambodia;
2) Xaxia, Vietnam/Prek Chak,
Cambodia ('Ha Tien') and;
3) Tinh Bien, Vietnam/Phnom
Den, Cambodia all allow international overland access
to southern Cambodia. The Had Lek/Koh Kong crossing allows easiest access to
Sihanoukville as it is a long-established crossing and regular
bus service between Sihanoukville and
Kong are also well established. The Prek Chak (Ha Tien) crossing with Vietnam is open and allows direct and easy access between
Kampot/Kep and Vietnam. See the
Border Crossing page for details about overland travel from Thailand
and Vietnam to Sihanoukville and southern Cambodia..
Phnom Penh to/from
Most visitors to
Phnom Penh by bus or
taxi. Several different bus companies run multiple daily a/c buses
to/from Phnom Penh.
can also be approached by road from
town, and by daily coastal ferry and by road from Koh Kong city.
Though currently not the usual point of entry for most visitors, the
is an international gateway and visas are available for cruise ship
passengers and other international arrivals at the Port on prior
Phnom Penh Sorya
PP to SHV : 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 11:30, 14:30, 17:45
SHV to PP : 7:10, 8:00, 9:00, 10:20, 12:15, 13:20, 14:00,
Full-size a/c buses - 18,000R - 20,000R/pax.
Phnom Penh Station: Near the Central Market.
PP to SHV : 7:15, 8:45, 9:45, 11:15, 12:15 13:30, 14:30
SHV to PP : 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:00, 15:30,
Full-size a/c buses - 18,000R - 20,000R/pax.
Phnom Penh Station: Capitol Guesthouse, corner of Streets 107 and
Share taxi: Shared taxis offer a
cramped and harrowing 2˝-3˝-hour ride with seven or more people stuffed
in a compact car. 35,000R/person.
Private taxi: Private taxis run about $55 - $60. In Phnom Penh,
Sihanouk Ville bound taxis wait at the southwest corner of the Central
Market (Phsar Thmey). In
Phnom Penh bound taxies can be found at the downtown bus and taxi
station on Street 118.
Driving/Motorcycling to Sihanouk
It is a 230 km, 4-5 hour trip on Route
#4. Most rent 250cc bikes for the trip. Leaving Phnom Penh, follow
Airport Road south past the airport and out of town. At the well
marked Route #3/#4 fork just east of Phnom Penh (Chum Chao), bear
right. National Route #4 to Sihanouk Ville is a toll road with toll
booths located near the beginning, middle and end. The toll is
nominal, less than $1 at each booth for most vehicles. Route #4 is a
paved and smooth, fast, easy and a relatively dangerous. Speeding
taxis and reckless lorries are the norm. Passing courtesy is rare.
Slow down through villages, watch for errant cows and dogs and
oblivious children on the road. If you ride, by all means
wear a helmet and bear in mind that medical help and rescue is
non-existent in the countryside. Stop for a refreshment break at one
of the many road side restaurants just south of the
Pich Nil pass near the half way point. Just north of the
restaurants, on top of the pass, there are dozens of spirits houses
and shrines dedicated to Buddha and local deity Ya-Mao. It’s a good
photo opportunity and they say it’s good luck to burn a few joss
sticks, leave a small donation and a hand of bananas.
north on National Route #4 to Veal Renh (43km). Turn east on Route #3 to
Kampot. Route #3 and #4 are both paved and in good condition. 1˝ - 2
hours, 110km total. Currently none of the larger bus companies offer
travel by taxi and guesthouse mini-bus.
Bus Service There are no full sizes buses running between
Sihanoukville. Some tour operators and guesthouses run daily
taxis can be found opposite the market (Phsar Leu) and at the downtown
bus and taxi station. In
taxis wait at the taxi stand. Taxi price, $4-$5/person for shared taxi and
$20 - $25 for a private taxi.
Sihanoukville you can travel to/from
Koh Kong City by road or daily coastal ferry. The road trip
Phnom Penh follows Route #48 from
Koh Kong through the picturesque Cardamom Mountains, which,
after several years of construction, is now complete and in
excellent condition. Route #48 connects to National Route #4 which
leads north to
Phnom Penh and south to Sihanouk Ville.
Several bus companies bus companies
offer direct daily bus service between Koh Kong and Sihanouk Ville
using full size a/c buses for $6-$10/person. About 4 -5 hours
duration. In Koh Kong the bus offices are located on Street 3 in the
center of town.
40,000R/person for a share taxi or $60 for a private
The Had Lek/Koh Kong Border
crossing (officially the Cham Yeam Crossing) is the only Thai border
crossing allowing easy access to the southern coast of Cambodia and
Sihanoukville. Both Cambodian and Thai
visas are available on arrival at the border. This border crossing
has been open to international travelers since 1998 and is fairly busy,
with plenty of onward transportation available on both sides. To get to
Sihanoukville from Thailand travelers enter Cambodia at
Had Lek/Koh Kong
and then travel from
Kong to Sihanoukville by bus.
overland international border crossing
for detailed information on travel from Thailand to Sihanoukville via the Had Lek/Koh Kong crossing.
Also see above for travel from Koh Kong to
Had Lek/Koh Kong crossing with Thailand in the west and the Prek
Chak crossing with Vietnam in
the east, overland travelers can now beach hop across
Indochina from Vietnam, through Cambodia and into Thailand without ever having to leave the coastal roads. To travel from
Sihanoukville to Vietnam, first
travel to Kampot.
above. The road is
good and the trip takes about 2 hours from by taxi. Then travel from
Kampot to the Ha Tien crossing, by motodup or tuk-tuk. Most of the
road is in good condition, requiring about an hour to make the trip. See
overland international border crossing page
Kampot page for more details on the Ha Tien border crossing and
Kampot and Sihanoukville.
Siem Reap Angkor
Cambodia Angkor Air offers direct
Reap flights. Check with a travel agent for the current flight
schedule. The only regular overland transportation between Siem Reap and
Sihanouk Ville goes via Phnom Penh. If you leave early you can make the
full trip in a long day, about 9-10 hours. From Sihanouk Ville bus or
taxi the 4 hour ride to
Phnom Penh then
fly, bus, taxi or ferry from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. There are several
daily flights and buses from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Check with your
travel agent or at the bus company at the bus station for the current
Orientation and Arrival in Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville town area is spread thinly across a peninsula,
surrounded on three sides by beaches, with a
downtown area near the center of
the peninsula a couple of kilometers from the beaches. If you are
arriving in town by bus or taxi, you’ll be dropped off at the bus
stop downtown. If you’re coming from
Kong by ferry you’ll
disembark at the ferry dock north of town. There are always dozens
of motorcycle taxis (motodups) and a few car taxis waiting for new
arrivals. Some guesthouses and hotels offer a free shuttle for
pre-booked guests. Look for a placard displaying your name. Motodup
prices to the various parts of town are posted on the wall at the
bus stop. Car taxis cost $6-$7 from the bus stop to almost anywhere
in town. Bear in mind that with rising fuel costs, prices may vary
Touts will try to direct you to commission paying hotels. Do not
believe stories that the hotel you want to go to is “dangerous,
damaged, dirty, closed,” etc. Insist on being taken directly to your
Hotels, guesthouses and
restaurants can be found across the entire
peninsula, but many are concentrated into three areas: 1) The
Downtown Area, about 5 minutes
from the beaches by moto taxi. All regular tourist services are
available including several mid-range hotels, budget guesthouses,
lots of restaurants and bars, the main market, convenience stores,
banks, and the bus/taxi stands. Many of the downtown hotels are
within walking distance of the bus stop. Motodup from the bus stop
to downtown: 3000-4000R; from the ferry dock to downtown:
‘Serendipity’ Beaches offers a variety of mid-range and
budget hotels, guesthouses and bungalows as well as restaurants and
bars. ‘Serendipity Beach’ at the northern end of Ochheuteal is the
only beach in Sihanouk Ville with selection of rooms and bungalows
right on the sand. Motodup from the bus stop to Ochheuteal:
3000-5000R; from the ferry dock to Ochheuteal: $1.50-$2.50; 3)
Weather Station Hill (Victory Hill),
above Victory Beach, has long been popular with budget travelers for
its hilltop budget guesthouses, bungalows, restaurants and bars.
Motodup from the bus stop the Hill: 3000-5000R; from the ferry dock
the Hill: 3000R-5000R.
Getting Around Sihanoukville
are ubiquitous throughout Cambodia Just step up to the roadside and
they will find you. Though “one dollar” is always the first price,
motodup drivers expect foreigners to pay 2000-4000R for short hops in
town, and 3000R - 5000R from town to the beaches. (More from the bus
station. See page 7 arrival prices.) Prices go up for multiple
passengers and at night. Settle on a price and destination before taking
the ride. To protect against bag snatching, keep your bag between you
and the driver or in front of the driver.
Cambodian ‘tuk-tuks’ - more properly
referred to by the Khmer ‘moto-romork’ - are two and four passenger
covered trailers pulled by a motorcycle, quite unlike the noisy
two-stroke tuk-tuks common in Thailand. Travel by tuk-tuk is more
comfortable than a motodup and the covered, semi-enclosed trailer offers
some protection from sun and rain. On the downside, tuk-tuks are slower
and more expensive and aren’t very good on rough roads. On average tuks
tuks charge about twice as much as a motodup.
Tourists are able to rent and ride
motorcycles. Over the years there have been a couple of official bans on
renting motorcycles, but it is not in force at this time. Still, the
traffic police seem to be taking a particular interest in tourists on
rental motos, so make sure to obey the traffic laws. Seems everybody is
renting motorcycles these days - guesthouses, tour agents, restaurants,
even bars. 100cc bikes run $5-$6/day. There is a helmet law and it is
enforced so make sure to get a helmet with your rental. Most rental
places require a passport as security. Always lock your motorcycle or
leave it in guarded parking. Motorcycle theft is not uncommon.
Car Rental Car rental (with or w/o driver) can be arranged
through your hotel or travel agent in Sihanouk Ville. Taxis at the bus
station are available for private hire. Cars/taxis cost around
$25-$30/day with driver. They can also be hired for short jaunts in town
($4-$6) and specific trips such as sunset mountain ($10) the waterfalls
($20) or Ream ($20).
Travel Agents and
Tour Operators in Sihanoukville
Ana Travel Agency
Air ticketing specialists. Bus, boat, taxi and tours arranged to
Kampot, Kep, Bokor, Ream, waterfalls and islands. Full visa
services. Flight change and reconfirmation. Island bungalow booking.
Located on the Serendipity Beach Road, next to
the Beach Road Hotel, Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
Cool Banana Travel & Tours
Travel and tour agent. Air, bus and
ferry tickets. Motorcycles, bicycles, cars, jeep, vans for rent.
Tour arrangements - Bokor, Island trips, National Parks, fishing,
etc. Visa services. Good seafood restaurant. In front of Big Easy
Bungalows, Restaurant and Pub on the road to Serendipity Beach.
Located in front of The Big Easy
Bungalows, Serendipity Beach Road, ,
Dolphin Travel & Tour Services
Full travel services: air, bus, boat
ticketing. Hotel reservations. Local tours, boat and island trips,
national park. Motorcycle rental. Visas.
Daily boat transfers. snorkeling /
diving trips to Koh Rong Samloem departing from the port. Starting
from 15$ and day trips (including boat transfer, lunch, swimming and
snorkeling) from 25$. Overnight stay available on the island. Office
on the road to Serendipity Beach next to Utopia.
Offering boat cruises and island trips -
Daily boat trip, 9AM-6PM (breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, limited
beer inclusive.) Day tours to Bokor Mountain 2/wk, Thurs and Sunday,
departing at 9AM. (breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, limited beer
Koh Rong Dive Center/Koh Rong Island Travel
Twice daily ferry to/from Koh Rong
Island ($9.50 return.) Diving tours and excursions. Accommodations
on Koh Rong. Car and bike rental. Bus tickets. Flights. Visas.
Located near the Golden Lions.
Travel and tour agent. Air, bus and ferry tickets. Hotel
reservations. Transportation of all sorts, bicycles, cars, vans.
Tour arrangements - Bokor, island trips, National Parks, fishing,
etc. Cargo services. Visa services. Currency/T/C exchange.
Prey Nup Mangrove Ecosystem Discovery
Prey Nup Mangrove Ecosystem Discovery has
recently begun running tours to a large mangrove forest preserve at
oceans edge in Prey Nup district north of Sihanouk Ville town, offering
a unique look at a delicate and endangered ecosystem. Excellent bird
watching opportunities. Species sighting include Painted and Milky
Storks, Kingfishers, Kites and Egrets. Guided eco-tours of the forest by
kayak and from an observation station. Day trips and overnight trips can
be arranged. Advanced booking essential.
Island/party day trips (3-islands), ferry to
islands, bus and boat tickets, visas. Two locations: Otres Beach and
Sea Dragon Travel
Full service tour and travel. Boat, bus
tickets. Motorcycles. Tours: Ream NP, boat/island/fishing, visa
services. Ochheuteal Street, Tourist Police office.
Sokun Travel & Tours Ltd.
Air, bus, boat ticketing. Hotel
reservations. Local tours, boat and island trips, national park.
Motorcycle rental. Visas.
Located on the road to Serendipity Beach.
Sunshine Boat Trip
Boat trips/excursions departing off of Otres Beach. Pleasure trips,
island trips, touring. Full day trip to the islands, swimming,
snorkeling, breakfast included for $12-$15. Nighttime fishing excursions
for $30-$50. Contact Sunshine Cafe on Otres.