PHNOM PENH to/from KAMPOT
Most travel by bus between Phnom Penh and Kampot. There are several
regularly scheduled daily a/c buses between the cities, including
highly recommended deluxe buses from
The trip rarely takes more than 3-3.5 hours. It’s easiest to buy
tickets from one of the many local tour agents.
Taxis Taxis are the other option, running about $35-$45. If
you don’t have your hotel or tour operator arrange it for you, in
Phnom Penh taxis can be found at Phsar Dumkor, and in Kampot taxis
at the bus/taxi station
Driving/Riding The most direct route to Kampot from Phnom
Penh follows NR3. The full length of NR3 is in very good condition,
requiring less than 3 hours.
Alternative route: National Route #2 (NR2) passes several pre-Angkorian
ruins in Takeo province including Phnom Chisor and Prasat Neang
Khmau. Take NR2 south to well marked intersection at Road #22 in
Takeo. Take #22 west to NR3 and turn south to Kampot.
PP to KPT : 8:00, 14:45
KPT to PP : 8:30, 14:45
Phnom Penh station: #6, Street 106, next to the Night Market.
Train There is now regularly
scheduled train service between Phnom Penh, Kampot and Sihanoukville.
Buy tickets at the train stations.
Kampot to Sihanoukville; $3/pax,
Friday at 11:00PM; Saturday at 2:30PM;
Sunday at 2:30PM
Sihanoukville to Kampot; $3/pax, 3hours. Departure:
Saturday at 7:00AM; Sunday at 7:00AM and
Phnom Penh to Kampot; $5/pax, 5hours.
Friday at 3:00PM; Saturday at 7:00AM;
Sunday at 7:00AM
Kampot to Phnom Penh; $3/pax, 3hours. Departure:
Saturday at 9:00AM; Sunday at 9:00AM and
SIHANOUKVILLE to/from KAMPOT
there are no buses plying the route between Kampot and Sihanoukville,
there are regularly scheduled daily vans run by a few different
companies, Champa Mekong and Kampot Tours being the more popular.
Most tour operators and guesthouses offer van tickets for about $5.
The vans are of medium quality, a bit tight, usually a/c and take
about 2 hours.
Taxis Taxis are the other option. In Sihanoukville, taxis can
be found at the main bus station. In Kampot, taxis wait at the bus
stop. Private taxis run about $25-$30.
Driving/Riding From Sihanoukville, travel north on National
Route #4 (NR4) to Veal Renh (43km). Turn east on National Route #3
(NR3) to Kampot. NR4 is in excellent condition. NR3 is in very good
condition. The trip takes 1½ -2 hours and is 110km total.
KAMPOT to/from KEP
Kampot is comparatively near, only 30-45
away. Motodups from Kampot start at about $5 one way and $8-$10
round trip. Tuk-tuks run about $8-$12 one-way and $12-$18 for a
round trip depending how long you spend in Kep and number of
The road from Kampot to Kep is a 25km trip though scenic countryside
- villages and rice paddies. From Kampot, follow the Road 33 east
14km to the White Horse Monument. Bear right onto Road 33A and
follow it 8km to the Kep Beach area. Many ethnic Cham people live
along this stretch of road. Unlike the Buddhist Khmer, the Cham are
generally Muslims. You may notice Cham women wearing the hijab and
Arabic script on some signs.
Boat: The Crab Shuttle offers a daily 2.5 hour boat shuttle
between Kampot and Kep via Rabbit Island, running both directions:
departing Kampot at 9:30AM and departing Kep at 3:30PM, stopping at
Rabbit Island in both directions. Kampot-Kep tickets are $9.50 one
way and $13.50 return. Tickets are available at guesthouses and tour
operators in Kampot and Kep.
VIETNAM to/from KAMPOT
Vietnam visas are not available at the border. Visas are available
at tour operators in Kampot and Kep and at the Vietnamese consulate
To/from Ho Chi Minh City: There
are three possible overland routes to Kampot: 1) Moc Bai/Bavet
crossing via Phnom Penh; 2) Prek Chak crossing, which is the most
popular and convenient; 3) Phnom Den crossing. Get bus tickets from
a local tour operator.
To/from Phu Quoc Island and deep south
Vietnam ThThe crossing at Prek Chak/Xaxia (sometimes
called the ‘Ha Tien crossing’) is the nearest, most easily accessed
border crossing with Vietnam from either Kampot or Kep. The crossing
is quite near the Vietnamese town of Ha Tien, which is the primary
jump off point to Phu Quoc Island, a popular beach destination.
Regularly scheduled multi-daily vans travel from Kampot and Kep,
through the border crossing and all the way to Ha Tien, in time for
the ferry to Phu Quoc. Price: $8-$11. Arrange a ticket through your
guesthouse or a tour operator in Kampot or Kep.
DIY to the border from Kampot: A motodup runs about $8; tuk-tuks
$15-$20 and a taxi for $20-$25. Some motorcycle taxis are also able
to cross the border and take you as far as Ha Tien for an additional
For more on international border crossings see the
The town is small and moto-remorques (‘tuk-tuks’)
are common. They tend to wait in tourist areas such as the
riverfront. For short hops, drivers ask $1-$2 to most places in town
and about $15 for the day. Bargain for the best price.
125cc ($4-$6/day) and 250cc
($15-$20/day). There are a couple of motorcycle shops just off the
Durian Roundabot (see map) and almost all hotels, tour operators can
help you arrange motorcycle rental and other transportation. See
page 84 for tour operators.