Moto and Tuk-Tuk Travel
Within cities and for shorter journeys, motos (motorcycle taxis), and tuk-tuks (three-wheeled cabs), are the best and cheapest ways of getting around. Tuk-tuk drivers will greet (or hassle) you at every street corner, providing you with the opportunity of learning to haggle.
Cambodia has a comprehensive bus network, and bus travel is cheap and generally of a good standard. It’s also usually the safest cross-country transportation, aside from flying. Travel from neighboring countries is easy, reliable, and cheap. Buses from Thailand andVietnam operate daily.
If you want to get to a destination quickly, hiring a driver with a car is probably the most effective way, but it can be a hair-raising ride. A hired car with a driver costs about $50 a day, but agree on the price beforehand. We strongly advise against driving yourself. Foreign drivers licenses are not valid here, rules of the road aren’t observed, most drivers drive dangerously, and most of the main roads are in terrible condition.
Boats do travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh, but they take three days and are a sightseeing option rather than quick A-to-B travel. From Phnom Penh, ferries called “bullet boats” travel along the Tonle Sap to reach Siem Reap and Angkor; they no longer ply waters between Sihanoukville and Koh Kong however, so the only way to go is by road.
You can buy tickets from a tour operator, your hotel’s concierge, or at the port in Phnom Penh. Bullet boats, though fast, can be dangerous. Smaller (but noisy) ferries travel daily between Siem Reap’s port and Battambang, on the Sangker River. Ask about water levels before booking a ticket; in dry season the water can get so low the boat may get stuck for hours at a time. For those who like to sit atop in the fresh air, take lots of suntan lotion.