Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New ferry to shave Koh Rong travel time

New ferry to shave Koh Rong travel time

Starting in October, ferry rides to the Koh Rong islands from Sihanoukville will take only half an hour, down from the current two hours, via a new $650,000 boat.

The 100-seat catamaran ferry was purchased by the Koh Rong Dive Centre and will arrive from Thailand at the end of September, said Sakip Capal, the dive centre’s managing director.

The centre operates most of the boat rides from Sihanoukville, the main gateway to the islands.

The Sihanoukville-Koh Rong-Koh Rong Samloem journey will occur once in the morning, and again in the afternoon. Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem islands are separated by a distance of four kilometres.

Currently, the dive centre operates three smaller ferries that are modified wooden fishing boats. “When the weather gets stormy, there’s always a risk [of an accident], so they are not 100 per cent safe,” Capal said.

Conversely, the fiberglass catamaran is “designed for bad weather”, and is “lighter and safer on the waves”, he added. The new vehicle will replace the old ones, unless “there are too many people [who need a ride]”.

While private speedboats already offer a half-hour journey, they can only transport up to 14 people and cost $200. With the new ferry, the prices will be similar to the existing ferry ticket prices – $10 for a one-way journey – so that everyone can afford a fast ride, Capal said.

ANA Travel’s owner, Anna Spencer, told the Post her travel agency, located in Sihanoukville, gets up to 80 customers a month visiting Koh Rong’s islands. “They would love it so much if there was a cheap and fast way there,” she said.

Her customers sometimes complain about the long journey, and a few even become seasick during the ride.

With the fast ferry, tourists will also be able to reach Sihanoukville quickly in case of emergency, because “on the island there are no doctors if anything happens”, Spencer added.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Explore the durian and rubber farms of Kampong Cham

Take a drive north of Kampong Cham, past the dirt roads and the dense greenery.

Kem Sokha talks politics, power and Hun Sen

Kem Sokha, leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, sat down with The Post’s Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara to discuss his supporters’ initial disappointment with this year’s

NEC officials tally votes during a recount last week in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee last week rejected 33 of 61 complaints filed over the conduct of June 4’s commune election, according to a s

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking