Getting there

Air

Most travellers will need to route themselves through
Bangkok,
as it is generally the cheapest regional hub and offers the best connections with
Phnom Penh
and
Siem Reap
.

Boat

There are sailings from
Ho Chi Minh City
(Saigon) to Phnom Penh. Saigon tour cafés run minibuses to Chau Doc and on to the border, which is crossed on foot. Change to a speed boat which will take you to
Neak Luong
in Cambodia. Disembark here and take a taxi/pickup along Route 1 to Phnom Penh. From
Stung Treng
to the Laos border either charter a speed boat, which will take approximately 1½ hours, or board the slow ferry that takes approximately 3½ hours.

There are daily speedboat connections between Hat Lek in Thailand, and
Koh Kong
and
Sre Ambel
in Cambodia. From Koh Kong there are connections direct to
Sihanoukville
. The sea route, in open speedboats, is not recommended. The Sre Ambel connection is less reliable but it is quicker for visitors wishing to get to Phnom Penh. From Hat Lek or Trat there are buses to Pattaya, Bangkok and Bangkok's Don Muang airport. Check times before departing because Koh Kong is not the kind of place you want to hang around in for long. Cruise ships visit the international sea port of Sihanoukville.

Road

It is possible to enter Cambodia, overland, from Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Travellers coming from Thailand usually cross at
Poipet
(they then face a long overland journey, on a particularly bad road, to Siem Reap) and this is the choice of those wishing to stretch their travel budget as far as it will go. There are now overland entries from Thailand through
Pailin
(very rough roads) and
Koh Kong
. The overland route from Vietnam via
Moc Bai
is the slow but cheap option for travellers coming from the east, and the border crossing at
Omsano
has enabled those coming from Vietnam to take the more scenic river route via
Chau Doc
. There is a new scenic border open via
Kep
between Cambodia and Vietnam (
Ha Tien
). There is also a crossing between Phnom Penh and
Tinh Bien
in Vietnam. The border crossing with Laos, close to the town at
Stung Treng
, is open but no visas are issued at the border.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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