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Getting Around Cambodia

Transport in Cambodia is an adventure in itself. Roads are generally in a bad state, just packed earth which can be very bumpy in places and driving styles dangerous.


There's only one domestic air route between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap


There are plans to restore the French built railway system, but if or when this will be completed is still unknown.


The road network is slowly improving with sealed roads on the major routes. Private run buses link most towns, although schedules can be variable. A faster alternative are the minibuses or shared taxis. These are crowded but much quicker and leave when full rather than using a fixed timetable.


Boats connect major destinations across the Tonle Sap Lake. Siem Reap is connected to both Battambang and Phnom Penh by a regular service. Due to the changing water levels in the Tonle Sap Lake the journey times can vary widely from season to season.

Local Transport

Local transport takes the form of tuk-tuks, a more rustic version of the three-wheel Thai vehicles. These are mopeds hiched to carts and can carry up to four people. They are a very sedate way to view the Temples of Angkor and can be hired by the day. A faster and cheaper alternative for one passenger are the 'moto' motorcycle taxis.