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Up-country Touring

Up-country Touring

Travel upcountry is best undertaken by river or air. Roads are often bumpy and blocked

by bandits while the train lines are subject to regular Khmer Rouge attacks.

Cheap "Share-taxis" to most major towns are available from various points

in Phnom Penh.

Boats can be taken to Siem Reap, Kratie, Stung Treng, Kompong Cham, Kompong Chhnang

and Ratanakiri.

Slow boats to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat take two days and cost 20,000 riel while faster

craft make the trip in one day for 30,000.

See the boat station opposite the oatmeal factory near the Central Market.

Taxis between cities cost about 6,000 riel per 100km and tend to leave around 7am.

A shared taxi to Battambang from Phnom Penh's Central Market on 118 street costs

20,000 riel per person.

Hitching is also a good way to get around although a contribution is expected.

Take a krama (Cambodian scarf) to ward off dust when traveling in an open vehicle.

Accommodation is generally available in every town with private rooms for rent at

around $5 nightly.

Domestic flights are available from Phnom Penh's Pochentong Airport to Siem Reap,

Ban Lung (Ratanakiri), Koh Kong, Battambang, Stung Treng, Kratie and Sihanoukville

(Kompong Som). Prices range from $30-$50 one way.

Visas

  • CAMBODIA: One month visas cost $20 and are available on arrival. Extensions from

    the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Street 240.

  • VIETNAM: Visas are best obtained from a travel agent to avoid delay and cost

    between $60-$65 including commission.

  • LAOS: Visas issued by the Lao Embassy on Issarak Blvd. invariably restrict travel

    to the capital Vientiane and cost $15.

For further details on visas and travel in Indochina check with any travel agencies

listed on the Map Page.

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