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Cambodia Travel Information


What can you expect from Cambodia? Out Cambodia Travel Information will give you the base information you need to travel around with or without a bicycle.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Cambodia can be dirt cheap. Guest houses can be as cheap (though not always good and clean, you get what you pay for) as $5 to $10. The bigger cities have plenty of decent 2 , 3 and 4 star hotels. If you have been cycling on the countryside for awhile, you may consider a little more upmarket hotel in such a place.

Food

The road to Siem Reap in 2002Getting a good meal is not a problem in the tourist areas. The Cambodian cuisine is, not surprisingly, related to the Thai cuisine. Chicken and beef are on the staple and in cities and towns near the river, you will find plenty of fish dishes. And around the South China sea you will find prawns.

Vegetables as eggplant and corn are used in many dishes. You will be able to get vegetarian food too.

In the smaller towns and villages the food is usually limited to rice with whatever is available, Cambodia is still one of the poorer countries in the world and many people still live in very basic conditions so don't expect a 5 star meal in a little village.

Getting there and away

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have international airports. Direct flights from many Asian destinations reach Phnom Penh. It is located 7 km west of central Phnom Penh. Many international destinations for both airports are available. Airasia flies from Thailand and Malaysia but there are many options available.

Taxis, pick-ups and minibuses leave Phnom Penh for destinations all over the country, but are fast losing ground to cheaper and more comfortable buses. Phnom Penh also has rail service. There are two bus companies, Phnom Penh Public transport and GST Express, servicing to Sihanoukville, Kompong Chang, Udong & Takeo.

There are several overland borders:

Thailand

  • Aranyaprathet, Thailand - Poipet, Cambodia (for Siem Reap)
  • Hat Lek, Thailand - Koh Kong, Cambodia (Cham Yeam Checkpoint) (for Sihanoukville)
  • Chong Jom, Thailand - O'Smach, Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia
  • Chong Sa Ngam, Thailand - Anlong Veng, Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia
  • Ban Pakard, Chantaburi, Thailand - Phsar Prom Pailin, Cambodia (Prom Checkpoint)
  • Ban Laem, Chantaburi, Thailand - Daung Lem, Battambang, Cambodia (Daung Checkpoint)
Angkor

The road to Battambang
The road from Sisopon to Battambang

Vietnam

  • Bavet Checkpoint: Moc Bai, Vietnam - Bavet, Svay Rieng, Cambodia (To and from Phnom Penh)
  • Ving Xuong, Vietnam - Kaam Samnor, Kandal, Cambodia ("The Chau Doc Crossing") (To/from Phnom Penh)
  • Tinh Bien, Vietnam - Phnom Den, Takeo, Cambodia (To and from Phnom Penh or Kampot/Kep)
  • Trapeang Phlong Border Pass: Xa Mat, Vietnam - Trapeang Phlong, Kampong Cham, Cambodia
  • Xa Xia, Vietnam - Prek Chak, Cambodia ('Ha Tien crossing') - (To and from Kampot/Kep)
  • Le Tanh,Gia Lai Province, Vietnam - O’Yadaw, Ratanakiri, Cambodia - Newly opened international border crossing. Travelers report Cambodian visas available at the border. Vietnamese visas NOT available at the border. Visa status is unconfirmed by official sources.
  • Trapeang Srer International Border Checkpoint, Kratie Province
  • Banteay Chakrey International Border Checkpoint, Prey Veng Province

Girls selling fruit and flowers in Phnom Penh
Girls selling fruit and flowers in Phnom Penh

Laos

  • Voeung Kam, Laos - Dom Kralor, Cambodia

National Highways

Cambodia has 6 National Highways. Most of the roads are quiet but the closer you come to the major cities, Battambang, Phnom Penh, the busier it gets. The road to Sihanoukville is all the way busy (the last time I cycled it was in 1996 and even then it was very busy). Most of the highways are now in good condition

  • National Highway 1 - 167.10 km 103.83 - Phnom Penh Vietnam Border
  • National Highway 2 - 120.60 km 74.94 - Phnom Penh Vietnam Border
  • National Highway 3 - 202.00 km 125.52 - Phnom Penh Sihanoukville
  • National Highway 4 - 226.00 km 140.43 - Phnom Penh Sihanoukville
  • National Highway 5 - 407.45 km 253.18 - Phnom Penh Thailand Border
  • National Highway 6 - 416.00 km 258.49 - Phnom Penh Banteay Meanchey

Most of Cambodia is reasonable flat which makes the country an excellent cycling destination.

Visa

Getting a visa for Cambodia is quite easy. On arrival at the airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap you can get a visa. A visa is required for most nationalities. A passport with at least six month validity is required.

Phnom Penh market halls

Cambodian visas are available on arrival at all international airports in Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap) and at most international border crossing checkpoints in Cambodia.

30-day tourist visa (Type ‘T’): US$20, tourist visas can be once extended for one month. Don't buy from travel agencies at any border, you can get a visa right at the border itself!

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Other pages about Cycling in Cambodia are:

Angkor/Siem Reap
Phnom Penh
Angkor -> Laos & Phnom Penh
General Cambodia

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