Siem Reap Vistior Guide 59th
to/from phnom penh
transport between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The trip is usually about 6 hours, but sometimes as much as 7-8 hours. Prices range from $6-$15 with deluxe buses at the upper end. Deluxe buses offer more comfortable facilities and generally better maintenance and safety standards. See page 59 for bus schedules. Taxis Private taxis run $65 or more for the whole car. 4-5 hours. Share the car with friends and share the cost. Negotiate with a local taxi or arrange a private taxi through your hotel or travel agent. Generally speaking, the better the car, the higher the price. River Transport River ferries used to be the most pop- ular means of travel between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. These days the local ferry runs only part of the year (August - March). When running, the local ferries depart 7:30AM ($35, 251km, 4-6 hours) from the Phnom Penh Port on Sisowath Quay, and in Siem Reap at the docks at Chong Khneas, 15km south of town. Tickets and can be purchased through hotels or travel agents. Higher quality slow boats have gained popularity with outfits like Compagnie Fluevial Du Mekong and Tara Boat running regular trips. Compagnie Fluevial Du Mekong (CFM) High quality, very leisurely paced 3-9 day boat trips between Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City on a traditionally crafted wooden riverboat with deluxe facilities. Tel: 023-216070 www.cfmekong.com Tara Riverboat Company Offering an affordable 3 day/2 night riverboat trip between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, stopping in Kampong Chhnang and Battambang along the way. Tel: 092-957765 www.taraboat.com The Road and Motorcycling to Siem Reap Most of the road to Siem Reap is in very good condi- tion. There is limited road construction but is not inter- ferring with the flow of traffic. Driving in Cambodia is very challenging and should be attempted only by experienced riders. Road hogging buses and wandering farm animals are the norm. The trip calls for a bike no smaller than 250cc and can be made in an easy 6 hours, but two days with a layover in Kampong Thom allows time to visit the nearby ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk as well as explore some of the other remote archaeological sites. The usual route from Phnom Penh follows Route #6A north 75km to Skun (which is known for its exotic insect foods.) At the main Skun intersection bear left onto Route #6 and continue on to Kampong Thom , where most stop for a snack break. If you plan to stay in Kampong Thom, the Arunreas Hotel (main road, near the market, 062-961294) and Stung Sen Royal Hotel (on the corner at the bridge, 012-309495) are afford- able places. Arunreas Restaurant on the main road near the market is also one of the more popular restau- rants in town. From Kampong Thom, it’s another 2 hours to Siem Reap.
Korean Air PP: #254 Monivong, IOC Bldg, F3-R03 Tel: 023-224047 www.koreanair.com Lao Airlines PP: #111, Sihanouk Tel: 023-222956 SR: #114, Rte. #6 Tel: 063-963283 www.laoairlines.com Malaysia Airlines (MAS) PP: #35-37, St.214, Monivong Tel: 023-218923 SR: At the Airport Tel: 063-964135 www.malaysiaairlines.com Philippine Airlines
#62E1, Monivong Blvd Tel: (+632) 855-8888 www.philippineairlines.com Silk Air PP: #219-B, Himawari Hotel
www.silkair.com Vietnam Airlines PP: #41, Street 214
Tel: 023-363396 SR: Angkor Shopping Arcade, Rte. #6Tel: 063-964488 www.vietnamairlines.com airport arrival Visas Visas are available on arrival at the airports in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and at the nearby Poipet border crossing as well as most other international border crossings. See ‘Entry Requirements’ on page 9 for details. Siem Reap Airport The Siem Reap International Airport is a 6km, 20 minute ride from town center. Registered vans, car taxis and motodups can be hired at the ticket desk located in the terminal. Car taxis runs $7/pax and motodup are $2/pax into town. Vans (8 pax max) run $10. Tuk-tuks are also available, charging $5 into town. Most hotels offer free transportation from the airport with advance reservations. to/from phnom penh Air/Flights Cambodia Angkor Air and Cambodia Bayon Airlines offer several daily flights between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. See page 57. Buses Bus travel is the most popular means of overland
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