Long roads must be traveled if you want to come across the majestic temples of Siem Reap, the killing fields of Phnom Pen and the pristine beaches of Sihanouville. Choosing the best means of transportation to get around Cambodia depends on so many factors such as cost, time, and comfort etc. With so many available options, we found the bus to be the most efficient for the following 6 reasons:
#1 Cheap fairs
Based on our experience, the cheapest way to get around Cambodia is by bus. Even a Tuktuk would charge you more for a shorter trip distance.
When we landed in Siem Reap, we had to go straight to Sihanoukville – a 12-hour car trip – in order to make it on time for our volunteering program at the Vagabond temple. After a long thorough research, we came to the conclusion that buses are the best choice in terms of cost and time: the total cost of our bus trip was less than 25 USD which is a relatively small amount compared to the one charged by shared-taxis or airplanes.
#2 Fully equipped for nighttime
Night buses in Cambodia are smartly equipped to save you from the pain and discomfort of crushed knees, sore necks and insomnia.
Traveling during nighttime couldn’t get any more comfortable. We had all that we needed: a clean bed with pillows and blankets, a small snack of crackers and water, and free on-board Wi-Fi. The trip was smooth and before knowing it, we had reached our destination, cramp free, and completely relaxed after a long goodnight sleep.
#3 User-friendly platform: Camboticket
Camboticket is a great website that will save you lots of time by providing you with comparative options to choose from. All you need to do is insert your destinations A & B and the work is done. Still not sure which option suits you best? Camboticket.com can assist you directly with their direct chat pop-up window. The people behind customer service are very helpful, friendly and more importantly fast in responding to your inquiries.
We bought our tickets using Camboticket and we were very satisfied with the outcomes: online payment went smoothly and the E-tickets were directly sent to our inbox including all the necessary details for our trip.
#4 Meeting people on board
In the bus, like in many other public transports, you can always start a conversation with your seated neighbors. And guess what? You might be getting introduced to your next best friend, your travel companion or even better your partner in crime. We met many people while on public transportation and man how the stories are great! You get inspired and get to inspire, you share your adventures or mishaps, laugh about it and learn from each other’s mistakes. Connection never seemed more easy and genuine.
#5 Lower environmental impact
According to the EPA report, buses remain the most environmentally friendly option when it comes to local travelling. As responsible travellers, we try, as much as possible, to minimize our impact on the environment by taking into consideration our carbon footprint. And we encourage you to do the same!
#6 Connect with the country
While this applies to all land transports, buses are quite rewarding when it comes to sightseeing. Instead of being in a tight seat, 10km high in the sky with the same cloudy landscape in view (if you’re lucky enough to have the window seat), you can enjoy a slightly longer ride on the bus while truly experiencing the country for the first time. Watch the architecture of its cities; get a glimpse of its nature, notice its people, its culture.
On our way to Sihanoukville, the scenery kept changing while we were hearing the bus driver’s explanation for every interesting monument we passed by.
How would you chose to travel around Cambodia? Would you agree that the bus is the best option? Leave your comments down below.