Getting there and away
There is no bus to Banteay Chhmar. Instead, you need to take either a taxi directly from Siem Reap or take a bus from Siem Reap to Sisophon, the provincial capital of Banteay Meanchey province, and take a taxi from there. Sometimes the capital is also called Banteay Meanchey too.
The road from Sisophon to Banteay Chhmar is now smooth tarmac except for the last four kilometres, which is a red road in pretty good condition.
A taxi from Siem Reap directly to Banteay Chhmar should cost $40 to $50.
A bus to Sisophon, which is en route to both Battambang and Poipet, should cost about $5, and can be arranged through any of the bus companies that route through here, including Phnom Penh Sorya Transport, Rith Mony and Capitol Tours.
It should be noted that all of these companies have flaky reputations and you should keep an eye on your belongings.
Alternatively, a share taxi to Sisophon from Siem Reap should be about $5. You will have to wait until the taxi is full, normally one or two passengers in front and four in the back.
A taxi from Sisophon to Banteay Chhmar can be found beside the New Market, Psas Thmei, also known as Chamkako Market (Psas Chamkako), and should cost $25. A share taxi should cost about $5. As above, you’ll need to wait until the taxi is full.
Conversely, if you’re travelling from Battambang or Poipet, you can also pick up a bus or taxi that drops you off in Sisophon and catch a taxi or share taxi from there.
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