Cambodia now has one domestic train service, see the info here, and there are bus links to neighbouring countries.
For our Indochina backpacking tour we need to book to a travel agency near Lei La Street. We try the Land Travel from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap. We immediately booked from Hello Travel Agency worth $23 with air conditioned and travel insurance. Our travel time is 7am, they pick up us in the agency then go to the bus going to Phnom Penh by bus
|Bus operator:||Kumho Samco|
|Saigon to Siem Reap||$24|
Saigon to Phnom Penh is 240km, 150 miles.
Phnom Penh is the capital, there are frequent buses from there to Siem etc.
I just wanted to go to Siem Reap to see the temples and maximize the trip
|Blue Lizard Backpacker Hostel
52 Phum Wat Damak, Sang Lay SalakamroeukSiem Reap
Day 1 (March 4) Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)– Phnom Penh
We took the Kumho Samco bus to Siem Reap. The ride to Phnom Penh was pleasant, we were given a free water bottle and the van was not full at all. The driver was courteous and assisted us properly in crossing the border. It took 6 hrs from Saigon to Phnom Penh border. We leave at 7am then arrived at 1pm to cambodia border.
Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
From Phom Penh, we took the Kumho Samco small van to Siem Reap. We were given a wet towel, a bottle of water and a box of pastries for the 7 hour trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. A good deal for $14 I think!
We were dropped off in the backpacker’s district which was a tuktuk ride away from our hotel. We were charged $3 for the tuktuk ride but it should just really be $2, so be mindful of that. We arrived at 930 to 10pm I guess
We were dropped off far from the city (looks like the middle of nowhere) and it cost us $3 to get to the Hotel which was a fair price because it was pretty far. After we arrived at the hotel we take a rest and plan for our tomorrow schedule. We hire a tuktuk driver for aroud $15 for 1st day and $20 for 2nd day.
Blue Lizard Backpacker Hostel
52 Phum Wat Damak, Sang Lay Salakamroeuk
Siem Reap Cambodia
Day 2 ( March 5 Siem Reap):
First Day of our Angkor Temple tour. We were picked up in the hotel at 5AM, headed to buy our passes before seeing any temples. Keep in mind of the new law on temple dress codes: all temples require shoulders and knees to be covered. We visited Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Phrom, Elephant Terrace, Ta Nei and Bayon. The good thing with booking a tour is that we were told stories and information about each temple and the details. Also, we went around in a car with unlimited bottled water and menthol wet towels. Super refreshing for the hot weather!
Angkor Temple Tour Package $62 for 3 days
Day 3 (March 6 Siem Reap):
On our second day, we were picked up at 4:45AM to be able to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat and take a photo of the temple with its reflection on the still lake. Since wet season was about to start, the sky was very gloomy and there was no sun rising. We were still able to take beautiful photos nonetheless. After having breakfast and a little nap, we headed to Tonle Sap lake for the river tour, saw the floating villages, some crocodiles and cat fish.
After the river tour and having lunch, we proceeded to Banteay Sre, Pre Rup, Phom Bakheng, Ta Keo. After this full day of temple running and climbing, we were brought back to theHOTEL to rest a little bit just before the Circus show.
Circus Show. $18
Night Market and buy some pasalubong $30
Food and water $10
Then we are ready for a next trip to Bangkok Thailand, the travel agency take us to our hotel at early in the morning $20
Having hard time to plan your trip?
Research, research, research! My friend and I fell for rookie tourist traps because of our lack of research despite coming up with an itinerary and planning carefully.
July was supposed to be the start of wet season but it was still hot when we were there. Bring a lot of water with you and a towel at all times.