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Tonle Sap between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
Tonle Sap between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap


Phnom Penh (Cambodge)

Daily ferries ply the Tonle Sap river and lake between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Passage is $22-$25 and should be purchased a day in advance (251km, 4-6 hours). Tickets can be purchased through your hotel, guesthouse or travel agent.
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Cambodia's Great Lake, the Boeung Tonle Sap (Tonle Sap Lake) is the most prominent feature on the map of Cambodia - a huge dumbbell-shaped body of water stretching across the northwest section of the country. In the wet season, the Tonle Sap Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, swelling to an expansive 12,000 km2.
Tonle Sap between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap : Description   
The ferries are 'local transport' and are of variable quality and comfort, often noisy, crowded and over-air conditioned. Though generally safe, these ferries have experienced breakdowns, groundings and other difficulties. These ferries in no way meet international safety standards. Travel is best during the wet season (June-November) when the water is high. Dry season low water levels can mean smaller, less comfortable boats and occasional groundings.

- Ferries depart Siem Reap for Phnom Penh from the dock at Chong Khneas (12km south of Siem Reap town) at 7:00AM daily. During the dry season when the water is low, the ferry stops short of the dock and passengers transfer to smaller boats to traverse the final few hundred meters.
- Ferries depart for Siem Reap from the Phnom Penh Port (on Sisowath Quay near Street 104) at 7:00AM daily.

Other ways of transportation between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

By air
Siem Reap Airways offers several daily flights to/from Phnom Penh. See the flight schedule page for more information.

By bus
Bus travel is now the most popular means of overland transport between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The road (National Route #6) is paved and smooth and there are several regularly scheduled daily buses in both directions, taking only 5 or 6 hours to make the trip. Several bus companies, guesthouses and travel agencies offer a/c bus transport. Generally speaking, it is easiest to buy tickets through your guesthouse or travel agency. Prices and level of service varies from comfortable, basic a/c buses to deluxe a/c buses with entertainment, snacks and on-board toilet. Most buses make at least two stops along the way - at Skun and Kampong Thom for a snack or lunch.

Phnom Penh does not have a centralized bus station. Buses from different companies depart from different stations. See the individual bus company for the departure location.

In Siem Reap the Chong Kov Sou bus station is located near Phsar Leu (the 'Upper Market') a couple of kilometers west of town center. On arrival, motodups from the station into town run $1-$2 and tuk-tuks cost about $2.50-$3. For passengers departing Siem Reap, most bus companies offer a free shuttle service from the hotel/guesthouse to the bus station.

The following bus companies offer regularly scheduled daily service between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh :
Neak Krorhorm Travel
- Phnom Penh station : Corner of Street 110 and Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023-219496
- Siem Reap station: Chong Kov Sou Bus Station (Near Phsar Leu)
fare:16,000R/pax
departure schedule: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30, 12:30
departure schedule: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30, 12:30
Mailinh Open Tours
- Phnom Penh station: #391, Sihanouk Blvd. Tel: 023-221666
- Siem Reap office: Wat Bo area. Tel: 063-762888
- Siem Reap station: Chong Kov Sou Bus Station (Near Phsar Leu)
departure schedule: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 7:00, 14:00
departure schedule: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - 7:00, 14:00
Phnom Penh Sorya Transport
- Phnom Penh station: Near the southwest corner of Phsar Thmey. Tel: 023-210359
- Siem Reap station: Chong Kov Sou Bus Station (Near Phsar Leu)
fare:16,000R/pax
departure schedule: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 7:00, 7:45, 8:45, 11:30, 12:45, 13:45
departure schedule: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - 7:00, 7:15, 8:30, 12:30, 13:30
Capitol Guesthouse
- Phnom Penh station: Corner Streets 111 / 182 Tel: 023-217627
- Siem Reap station: Chong Kov Sou Bus Station (Near Phsar Leu)
fare:16,000R/pax
departure schedule: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:15, 12:00, 13:30
departure schedule: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:15, 12:00, 13:30
Mekong Express - Deluxe a/c buses.
- Phnom Penh station: #87 Sisowath Quay at the corner of Street 102. Tel: 023-427518
- Siem Reap office: #14A, Sivatha Blvd. Tel: 063-963662.
- Siem Reap station: Chong Kov Sou Bus Station (Near Phsar Leu)
fare:US$10/pax
departure schedule : Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 7:30, 8:30, 12:30, 14:00
departure schedule : Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 12:30
Raksmey Angkor Corp. - Deluxe a/c buses.
- Phnom Penh station : #1Eo Street 106 at Sisowath Quay. Tel : 023-884179
- Siem Reap office : Tel : 063-966036
- Siem Reap station : Chong Kov Sou Bus Station (Near Phsar Leu)
fare :US$10/pax
departure schedule : Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 8:30, 13:30
departure schedule : Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - 8:30, 13:30
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