Bus transport in Cambodia
Buses are the main intercity transport in Cambodia. Several transport companies are based in Phnom Penh and offer excellent service to all provincial centers. Many of them offer several times a day service to the most popular destinations like Shinaoukville or Siem-Reap. Buses are also a common and a comfortable mean of transportation that go to Saigon (Ho-Shi-Minh). Hanoi, Pattaya or Bangkok, but be prepared for many hours of travel if you choose this route.
Most buses have air-con and TV entertainment often showing Khmer karaoke or Chinese kung-fu movies. Also you will find many chances to stop for a little walk or some refreshment as the buses make a stop every two hours.
If you wish to travel onward to Vietnam, don't forget that Vietnamese visa is required for most foreign visitors; your valid visa will be checked when you enter the bus in Phnom Penh by Vietnamese officials. Don't buy a bus ticket without first getting your visa – there is no visa on arrival service at the border of Vietnam.
If you intend to travel by bus inside Cambodia, you can buy tickets at the bus station, in one of the many travel agencies or simply in your hotel (in this case it could cost you a couple of dollars more). You don't need to worry about getting to the bus station early. Often there will be several empty seats just minutes before the official departure time. Some companies will wait up to an extra 30 minutes before departing in the hope of filling all the empty seats. An exception is the international bus service to Vietnam or Thailand. In this case it's better to book your seat the day before.
Tip: If all seats in the last of today's bus are already sold, but you absolutely cannot delay your trip till tomorrow, you might try to discuss it with the bus driver. Sometimes he will grant you an additional seat - a small plastic chair. You have to pay him the standard ticket price and he pockets the cash. It works only on domestic trips.
Air flights to Cambodia
Visa on arrival
Souvenirs from Cambodia
Basic Khmer phrases
Tips for travelers