Traveling Conditions in Cambodia

Time & Distances

Getting around in Cambodia is a lot easier nowadays than it used to be. Relaxation and lack of hurry are the two key elements. After all, if everyone else inthe country displays an unhurried attitude towards travel, why should you?

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From Phnom Penh
Destinations Time and Distance Traveling Conditions
Siem Reap by Boat 5hrs / 308 km Fascinating, reliable and comfortable. From April to July (dry season) it takes 5-6 hours and before reaching the pier in Siem Reap, travelers are transfered to a smaller boat to pass through the floating village, reach the riverbank and walk with their luggage to reach the waiting car. A transfer to Siem Reap town can take up to 45 minutes on a partially rough road.
Siem Reap by Road 6hrs / 308 km The road is paved and in good condition. Some small portions are still under construction.
Battambang by Road 4.5 hrs / 291 km The road is paved in a good condition
Chau Doc by Boat 4hrs / 100 km fast, comfortable and fascinating.
Kampong Cham by Road 2hrs / 108km Excellent, tarred road. Best available accommodation in Kompong Cham is the Mekong Hotel
Kratie by Road 5hrs / 300km The portion up to Kompong Cham is tarred and in excellent conditions. The rest is a laterite road. Adventure trips are not recommended for elderly people with health problems
Preah Vihear Temple by Road 1 full day / 416km Road from Phnom Penh to Kampong Thom in good
condition, then bumpy red soil road up north.
Kampong Thom by Road 3hrs / 168km Excellent, paved road.
Best available accommodation in Kompong Thom is the Stung Sen Royal Garden Hotel.
Kampong Som (Sihanoukville) by Road 3hrs / 230km Excellent paved road.
Kep by Road 3hrs / 130km Red Soil road in a fair condition.
Kampot by Road 3hrs/ 148km Most parts are paved. Potholes possible.
Koh Kong (Thai border to Trat) by Road 7hrs / 281km Excellent road from Phnom Penh to the turn-off to Koh Kong (143km), then starts a red soil road to Koh Kong (138km).
Remarks: There are 4 tricky ferry-crossings, not suitable during rainy-season.
Accommodation: the newly opened Phou Mint Koh Kong Hotel & Restaurant provides good services and excellent food. Centrally located, next to Koh Kong Bridge.
Takeo by Road 2hrs /78 km Paved road in quite good condition. Last portion after the turn-off to Takeo full of potholes (5 km)..
Bavet (Vietnam Border) by Road 4 hrs /167 km The road has been recently renewed and paved. Some portions still a little bit bumby.
Sen Monorom by Road 7 hrs/370 km Good road up to Snuol, then red soil road to Sen Monorom with bumpy parts.
From Siem Reap
Destinations Time and Distance Traveling Conditions
Koh Ker Temple by Road 3 hrs / 160km (via Beng Mealea) The red soil road is still under construction and a 4 WD drive is absolutely necessary to reach Koh Ker. Adventure trip and not recommended for elderly people or people with health problems.
Kbal Spean by Road
1h15 / 55km Paved road to Banteay Srei, then good laterite road. Difficult in the rainy-season. 1hr climb-up to reach Kbal Spean.
Remarks: Adventure trips are not recommended for
elderly people or people with health problems.
Asian Trails will take the right to refuse the participation of a client if its age or health condition is not satisfactory for this tour.
Beng Mealea by Road 1.5 hrs / 60km Newly built red soil road in good condition. Bring along good footwear. No toilets available on the site.
Anlong Veng by Road 4 hrs / 169km Red soil road in good condition except the last portion is a little bit bumpy. Restaurants and a guesthouse offer a certain standard.
Poipet by Road 3 hrs / 49km From Siem Reap to Sisophon bumpy red soil road and onwards to Poipet in a good condition.
Banteay Chhmar by Road Siem Reap -Sisophon :
2hrs / 105km Sisophon-Banteay Chhmar :
1h30 / 70km
From Siem Reap to Sisophon : bumpy red soil road.
From Sisophon to Banteay Chmar the road has been renewed recently but is normally bad after the rainy season.
Battambang by Road Siem Reap -Sisophon:
2hrs / 105km
1hrs / 80km
From Siem Reap to Sisophon: bumpy red soil road. Further on to Battambang the newly paved road is in an excellent condition,
Battambang by Boat 5-6 hrs / 150km Comfortable and interesting way to discover the
fragile eco-system of the Tonle sap lake.
Remarks: The transfer from Siem Reap to Battambang by our traditional wooden boat lasts
about 5 to 6 hours from August to March.
During the dry season-from April to July- the transfer lasts 9 hours due to the low level of water of the Ton Le Sap Lake and the Sangker River. In this sense we do not recommend this trip during this season.
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