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All of Cambodia’s National Routes are paved and in good condition and buses have are the preferred form of inter-provincial transportation.Several bus companies offer comfortable a/c buses fromPhnom Penh to the larger provincial destinations includingSiem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville, Kampot, Kep, Koh Kong as well as other other major towns. There are also regular bus routes between major provincial cities and some night buses between the most popular tourist destinations (Phnom Penh/Siem Reap/Sihanoukville). ‘Deluxe buses,’ offering a higher standard of service, safety and comfort, have become more popular over the past few of years with companies such Mekong Express and Giant Ibis running buses Phnom Penh to/from Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Internationally there are several daily direct buses running between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City and now Phnom Penh (via Siem Reap) to/from Bangkok as well.
All of the major bus companies use comparatively good quality, a/c buses, and some companies offer deluxe buses – slightly more expensive, usually newer and with tour guide, snacks, on-board toilet and other amenities. Generally speaking, it is easiest to buy bus tickets through your guesthouse or travel agency, though you can buy it directly from the bus company office as well.
Night buses run between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, and are better avoided. Depending on which route you take and with which company, you’ll have between one and 10 bathroom breaks. The buses usually stop at designated rest stations with public bathrooms. Most will have squat toilets and no toilet paper so bring your own if you require it. Not the best toilets you’ll find in Asia, but certainly not the worst, either, as they are generally clean. The rest areas will also usually sell snacks such as fresh fruit and boiled eggs as well as cold beverages. You’ll be given 10 to 15 minutes at each stop. Be sure to keep an eye on the bus, because although they will make sure to look for the barang before they leave, people have been known to be left behind.
Overall, even though they may not be as nice as those in Malaysia or Thailand, buses in Cambodia are a fine way to get around and see the country.
There is no centralized bus station inPhnom Penh. Buses from different companies depart from different stations.Some buses depart/arrive from the bus company office, others from remote bus stands such as market parking lots. One of the largest bus stations in Phnom Penh – Phnom Penh Sorya Transport – is next to Phsar Thmey (Central Market). Several bus company offices are also concentrated near Street 104 and Sisowath Quay on the riverfront. The rest are scattered around town.
In most provincial cities, including Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, there is a centralized bus station from which all buses arrive and depart. In Siem Reap the Chong Kov Sou station is located 7km west of town center. On arrival, motodups from the station into town run $1.50-$2 and tuk-tuks for $3. For departing passengers, most companies offer a free shuttle service to the bus. In Sihanoukville, the bus station is located near the Independence Square, at least a couple of kilometers from most hotels and beaches. Motos run $1-$3 and tuk-tuks $4-$6 from the bus station to the town or beaches, depending on your destination.
Some recommendations on bus companies
• On all our passengers will be served a complimentary light snack and a bottle of chilled water,
• All of our vehicles are quipped air conditioning. On board toilet and facilities as well as audio visual.
• Our uniformed friendly and helpful crews are all fluent in khmer and English and conducts commentaries and information about points of historical or other interests along the way in both khmer and English.
• Luggage allowance of 25Kg per passenger, additional luggage maybe pre booked basis, or is accepted on a luggage space available basis with small excess charge.
• All luggage is checked in and receipt of given for your security and peace of mind.
“Mekong Express” is the ground transport service company. To assist and support not only khmer but also international passengers alike.Our mission is to provide for all customers with reliable safe and punctual courteous and comfortable service in each time and every time.
Air-conditioned, modern, spacious, comfortable 40 seats buses, with tinted window glass, curtains, on-board toilet give you a comfortable and relaxed journey, regardless of destination.Service Convenience
• For your particular service, we provide a complimentary pick up service to take you bus check-in point from your travel agent, hotel or guest house upon request basis.
• For cross-border services between Cambodia and Vietnam, our crew take care of all official documentation for passport and visa issue or checking and easy you through all immigrations and customers procedures.
Please note, however, valid visa is required prior to entry to Vietnam. For Cambodia, Visa on arrival is simply and quickly obtains at the Cambodian border.