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Cambodia Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Domestic flights operate between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap for Angkor and travel time is about 45 minutes. There are also flights to Battambang, Koh Kong, Sihanoukville and Stung Treng.

Newly upgraded Siem Reap Airport is the gateway for visitors going to see the Angkor temples. It is a 7-10 minute taxi ride from the city. Taxi fares are around US$5.00

Airport Departure tax: US$20.00


Ferries depart from the Psar Cha Ministry of Transport Ferry docking between 102 and 104 Streets and travel to Kompong Cham, Kompong Chhnang, Kratie, Phnom Krom and Stung Treng.

Boats are available from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Even though this is a route that popular with travellers, due to the present rise in crime, inter-city boat travel should be restricted to the fast boats to Kratie and Kompong Cham.


Some train services operate; the fairs are not high but take much longer than buses. International service to Bangkok is in the planning stages but a great deal of repair work is still needed.


Traffic drives on the right side of the road. Most roads are in bad condition, the highway to Vietnam is open. It is possible to drive from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in a day but there are many formalities following the use of the same car all the way.

Right hand drive vehicles are not allowed to enter Vietnam. Both Cambodian and Vietnamese visas must be obtained in advance and the Vietnamese visa must state ‘Moc Bai’ (the border point on the Vietnamese side) as a point of entry/exit otherwise travellers risk being turned back.

Cambodian drivers are prone to recklessness and accidents are comparatively frequent. Road travel safety outside urban areas varies from region to region. Potential risks can be reduced if travel is undertaken in vehicle convoy only during daylight hours. Information about security should be obtained before considering any extended road journeys.

Buses to Phnom Penh suburbs are available from 182 Street. The bus station operates between 5.30 am - 5.30 pm.

Taxis can be hired in the main cities; however, cyclo’s or tricycles and motodops or motorcycles are a slow but cheap way to see the city. Some of the drivers, particularly those found outside the main hotels, speak a little English or French.

Official visitors can arrange to hire a government car and driver. Enquiries about car hires should be sent to the Ministry of Tourism. (see Contacts section).

Documents: An International Driving Permit is not recognised in Cambodia and car hire is not advisable. Visitors should hire a car with a driver instead which is only a bit more expensive than car hire.
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