I have a very tight schedule in Cambodia - arrive PP airport 27/12 0905am and due to leave 30/12 1005am. In this short time, I hope to cover the big sites of Angkor and some of PP also (ambitious...)
In order to save on travel time, I was wondering if anyone knew of any overnight travel options between these two places.
Bus or taxi - I'm not fussed (as it's cheaper than flying), does anyone know of any that would drive me overnight?
#1 Yun has been a member since 18/8/2007. Posts: 25
I wouldn't recommend the trip at night, and you'll probably have some difficulty finding a driver willing to do it at night. The roads are not lit and there's all manner of wandering stuff that may stray onto the road.
The trip only takes around 4 hours, so I'd suggest leaving PP early -- then you'tr in SR for breakfast.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,789
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This journey can be done at night, I've done it leaving SR at 4am and the driver was good. Not all drivers are though and you may hve to pay an additional $5 for the night time run. I paid $60 (to the airport) and was happy with how it fitted into my plans. I would say though that you 3D3N trip will be a whirlwind if you are arriving in PP and want to go up to SR and see the temples as well as seeing some of PP. I would say stick to one or the other and if you are heading up to SR then investigate flights; If it is just you then the flights should be that much more expensive
Thanks for your replies.
Because I don't know if I'll ever come back (LOTS of places I want to travel to) I'd be trying to cover both PP & SR in this one trip. I've looked at the flights, but I thought if you consider check in/out times, then the time saving isn't really worth it for the money extra. So I'd be happy to take a taxi I think.
In order to catch sunrise/sunset at Angkor Wat, what time would I be looking at to arrive? I assume masses of tourists clog up the area beforehand all wanting a piece?
#4 Yun has been a member since 18/8/2007. Posts: 25
To make sunrise (remember you would need to buy your ticket on the way too so allow time for this) you would need to be in Siem Reap at 5am, sunset is about 5.45-6pm. There are always lots of people at Angkor Wat.
If you are taking a taxi from Phnom Penh this driver may not be willing to take you around the temples as well. Taxi drivers usually do set routes, eg Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and back or Poipet to Siem Reap and back or around the Angkor Area. They tend to not want to cover different routes to normal. I.E. you may have to find alternative transport around the temples from the taxi that brings you from Phnom Penh.
I would really suggest that you think about what you are prepared to miss and read suggested itineraries to figure out what you would like to do. I think that you are trying to do too much with no room for potenial errors or delays, which could ruin your itinerary; if you rush to try to see everything there is every possibility that you will end up seeing nothing at all.