The roads leading to Cambodia’s provinces and cities have improved since the country’s door was opened to tourists in 1993. Travelers from Bangkok via Saigon, Bangkok to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Saigon to Phnom Penh can either choose to travel by bus or by train as they find the road trip more interesting and exciting. Travelers from Europe can take the Trans-Siberian railway trip for diversion or may opt to travel by plane.
Traveling to the countryside is no longer tedious compared before as there are several bus companies that offer tour packages to tourists. Domestic travel includes trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Phnom Penh to Battambang, Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh to Kampot.
Tourists would love to travel to Cambodia by bus as they can enjoy the scenery and they can make a stopover if they need to have some photo shoots. You can pick an air conditioned or regular buses that connect from Phnom Penh to the provinces of Battambang, Kampot and Kep, as well as Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.
Bus companies ply on a regular basis daily to take passengers to their desired destinations. The Mekong Express at http://catmekongexpress.com and Giant Ibis at www.giantibis.com are the most preferred buses from the city of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap to Sihanoukville and vice versa.
The routes for regular buses also ply at night for those who travel during midnight or early morning to make use of their time during their day tour. If you want comfort during your trip, you can travel by deluxe buses that are usually provided by the Mekong Express and the Giant Ibis. These bus companies assure you of safe travel while sitting on a comfortable seat with music played throughout the journey.
Since they offer passengers with high standard service, the fare is a bit pricey compared to the regular bus trip. They provide passengers with a tour guide, on-board restroom and snacks to make the trip more comfortable and relaxing. You can arrange the bus tour through a travel agency or your hotel since they have direct access to the bus companies or you may directly buy the ticket at their offices. You can also book your bus via our hotels reception desk for your onward travel in Cambodia.
Bus companies have their own terminals in Phnom Penh and all you have to do is to go directly to their office or at the bus stops and parking lots on Sisowath Quay and Street 104. Some buses are found everywhere. You may also opt to ride in Phnom Penh Sorya Transport bus http://www.ppsoryatransport.com at their station near the Central Market.
The trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap starts from 6:45 am and every hour thereafter. They have the same schedule for the trip from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham while the trip from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville starts at 7:00 in the morning and every hour thereafter.
Unlike in Phnom Penh, when you travel in the towns and provincial cities, you will arrive and depart in the same bus station which is centralized. In the province of Siem Reap, you will find the Chong Kov Sou bus station about 7 kilometers from the western portion of the city center. Motodups and tuk-tuks are at the station to greet newly-arrived passengers to bring you to your destination. You will pay about $1.50 to $2 for the motodup ride and $3 for the tuk-tuk ride.
Departing passengers can take the opportunity of boarding a shuttle bus ride which is offered free by most bus companies. If you will travel to Sihanoukville, the bus will arrive and depart from their station next to the Independence Square where hotels, guesthouses and beaches are concentrated. You may take a motodup for $1 to $3 or tuk-tuk for $4 to $6 to bring you to the city’s tourist spots and beaches.
The daily schedule from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kampot-Kep, Koh Kong, Battambang, Kampong Cham, Kratie, Stung Treng, Banlung, Ratanakiri, Laos border, Sisophon, and Thai border and vice versa would depend on the bus companies and so with their fare rates. Their schedule is also subject to change so make sure you have done some research before starting your provincial trip.
For added information you may visit http://www.canbypublications.com/cambodia/buses.htm and http://www.seat61.com/Cambodia.htm for schedule updates or contact your travel agent for advisory.