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Bus Phnom Penh to Kep

Posted by krisim on 29/9/2006 at 13:48


Will arrive in Phnom Penh about 10 in the morning (late november) and would like to go straight to Kep.
Does anyone know if there is a bus from Phnom Penh to Kep and if they are going all day or just in the mornings?

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Posted by wolfman on 29/9/2006 at 15:14

as far as i know, there´s no bus from p. p. to kep. either you bus down to snookyville and try it from there or-which seems to be the far better option-hire a cab to kep! travelling by taxi is a standard in cambodia. if you are more than two, it´s slightly more expensive but way comfy.

hope this helps

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Posted by somtam2000 on 29/9/2006 at 15:27 admin

Hi krisim,

There's buses from Phnom Penh to Kampot (leave morning only - I think), from where you can then organise transport onwards to Kep, but as wolfman says, take a share taxi -- it is far far far faster and will let you skip having to get from Kampot to Kep. If there's a few of you just charter the whole taxi (should cost around US$25) -- they leave from Deam Koh market.

Interesting though, was just looking at Veranda's (one of the resorts in Kep) website and they say there's a "traveller bus" which runs from Phnom Penh to Kep - I've not heard of it -- perhaps drop them a line and ask...

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Posted by krisim on 30/9/2006 at 19:14

Thanks to both of you, and it was really good to know what we are supposed to pay for charter a taxi down there, it may be the easiest thing to do.

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Posted by Vintage on 24/10/2006 at 15:41

Hi Krisim,

There is a bus nowadays that runs direct between Kep and Phnom Penh. Actually its route runs PP>Kep>Kampot and back. Fairly good service, though there are a number of stops along the way as random people flag down the bus to get on. So that adds a half hour or so to the journey.

With the company I took, I think that there's two buses a day from PP, 7am and 1pm. The trip takes around 4 hours. The schedule on the way back it about the same, one bus in the morning, one around lunch time.

The departure point is Dumkor Market (on Mae Tse Tung Blvd, at the south-western side of the city). This is the same place where taxis heading down to Kampot and Kep are found. I went there to buy my ticket and to take the bus. There were a few companies there - sorry, I can't give you the names. The cost for the bus was about USD$4 for foreigners (yes, Khmer get cheaper prices, and no, there's no use arguing, even if you speak Khmer).

Hiring a taxi is slightly faster and you can go on your own schedule, and will cost you $20-$25.

Final note, in late november it should be dry again, but keep in mind that post-wet season a lot of roads are in need of repair. So don't schedule your times too closely to a timetable, you may find that a four hour trip becomes five. Unless you're in a taxi, those don't tend to slow down for holes in the road... :)

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Posted by Vintage on 24/10/2006 at 16:01

Oh yeah actually there's another thing - d'oh! The bus that I ended up taking was actually leaving from its company bus station which was not at Psar Dumkor. It was over near Wat Prah Pudh. On your map look near the Olympic Stadium. Wat Prah Pudh is at the north side, on Blvd Charles de Gaulle (St 217). The bus station is opposite that.

(A lot of maps spell the name of the wat differently, and some don't mark it at all; it's where st 217 meets st 169 at the roundabout).

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Posted by krisim on 24/10/2006 at 21:28

Thanks Vintage,
That was really useful information!

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Posted by marklatham on 5/11/2006 at 17:25

I caught the bus that went PP,kep,kampot.It was nearly six hours to kampot on another shocking road.Between kep and kampot another bridge has fallen down so one has to walk over the timber temporary bridge to change buses.

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Posted by chriswhite on 16/3/2011 at 20:31

Anybody been the PP - KEP route in the last 5 YEARS ? the above newest log 2006

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Posted by ecbaker on 17/3/2011 at 01:48

I was in Cambodia this past October. We took a bus from Vietnam (Saigon) all the way to Kampot . It stopped over in Phnom Penh, people changed busses (we got on a different bus in PP to Kampot joined by many new people from PP). I want to say the time was sometime around lunch as we grabbed food before we got on the bus. It was definitely in the market area. The bus goes through and stops at Kep on the way to Kampot. I know the bus took a lot longer than they said it would as we got in when it was totally dark out, but overall the ride wasn't anything too bad. I would suggest however that you consider checking out Kampot! We originally were going to go to Kep, but decided on Kampot last minute (literally while we were in the bus someone suggested Kampot over Kep) We did however take mopeds to Kep for a day trip, but the beach isnt anything spectacular or anything and Kampot truly was one of my favorite places we went on our trip. The one thing I wish we would have done however was to spend a night or two on the islands off the coast of cambodia, which I know you can do from Kep, although im sure there are companies in Kampot that offer some sort of tour as well. Sihanoukville also has trips to many islands off the coast as well (lots of times they are the same islands offered from Kep and Kampot). Sihanoukville is kindof seedy, but if you are looking to party hard for a night or two, this is the place to go. Kampot on the other hand is really laid back. If you are feeling adventurous, there is a TON to explore on your own when you are there. Stay at blissful guesthouse if you are looking for a backpackers vibe, magic sponge-located next door (i know, weird name), is also backpacker friendly, but a little more expensive/nicer rooms than blissful.

Here is the travelfish link to Kampot:

Here is a link to Magic Sponge:

You can find blissful on the kampot page, under accommodation!

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask! hope this helps

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Posted by chocgirl on 17/3/2011 at 04:50

Chris, I just travelled that route earlier this month, PP to Kampot , via Kep . Bus company is Phnom Penh Sorya and I paid $4 for my ticket including pick up from my hotel in PP. The bus left 7:30 from Phnom Penh (Psar Thmei) and stopped at Kep, before continuing on to Kampot. I think travel time to Kep was about 4 hours, but my neighbor was talking non stop, so I pretended to sleep most of the way and kind of lost track of time..... Road condition is good, there's just a few spots that are still being improved.

Similar to ecbaker, I was not very impressed with Kep's beach (there hardly is any) and found that Kampot was quite a pleasant surprise. I did a daytrip on motobike to the countryside with crab in Kep for lunch and that was enough crab/Kep ;-) for me.

Should you go to Kampot: go to Epicarts cafe, a little cafe by the old market that is run by deaf/handicapped people.

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Posted by chriswhite on 17/3/2011 at 13:41

Hi 'Mr' ecbaker and 'lady' chocgirl .. thats a very cool nickname - thanx a ton for da info it is exactly what i needed. You have also both confirmed that Kampot is the better deal - I'm going back to check out accommadation but maybe you have a midrange option for PP but your Magic Sponge in Kampot sounds cool and I like your idea chocgirl to support the cafe run by disabled people. Then re the bus it puts my mind at rest that I can do the booking thru the hotel but now I need info on transport from Kampot to Saigon without going back to PP ?? Thanx again ..

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Posted by ecbaker on 17/3/2011 at 15:17

"Miss" ecbaker :) does my account say male?? Maybe I never changed it!

Anyways, don't quote me on this but I'm pretty sure you have to go through PP. I know for a fact that from Saigon to Kampot you have to go through PP, there is no other choice (trust me, I looked everywhere at tons of companies). There might be the option to go from Kampot straight through as you are going towards a bigger city (from small to big cities there is usually more direct routes than the other way around), but I wouldn't count on having the straight through trip. I will say however, that you can easily do the whole trip in a day (a long day, yes, but doable). We went from Saigon (left early in the morning), went to PP, had about an hour break then continued on to Kampot all in one day. What I would suggest is that whatever way it works for you that you pay all the way through. If you show up at the boarder in hopes of finding a bus to bring you to Saigon, you will end up paying a lot more or using a taxi (=$$). I want to say we only paid $14-16 to go all the way through-totally worth it. And we had AC in the bus, they help you cross the boarder with paperwork stuff and it was a painless boarder crossing which says a lot for SE Asia. I would like to mention that you probably want a visa completely ready in your passport before you get to the boarder as they are very strict about visas in Vietnam. You can go online and pay someone to file you visa papers for you, then when you show up you get a visa on arrival, but this is common place in an airport, not sure how the land crossing will be with this kind of stuff. Also, if they feel something is wrong with your paperwork you could be there for hours. With the visa already in your passport you can avoid potential problems!

Hope this all helps! So jealous...wish I could go back!

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Posted by chriswhite on 22/3/2011 at 13:12

Hi "miss" getting info like this is so cool and can I ask your name ? have you gone home ? I'm only about to start. I'm a business man and can only do short hops in and out ... info very helpfull re buses, thanks, going to keep my options open but re the visa also a big thanks nobody has brought this up : I got my Cambodian visa on line so can do , will let you know what happens. Regards chris

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Posted by eastwest on 22/3/2011 at 13:27

I don't want to interrupt the blossoming romance but there is an alternative for backtracking to PP.
You can take a bus from Kampot to Ha Tien (Vn) and from there go through the Mekong delta to Saigon. The route via PP is, however, more efficient and reliable.
Be aware that there are plenty of people/agents in Kampot/Kep that sell tickets from Kampot to Saigon but that is a scam.
Once you reach Ha Tien you'll need to change buses and the next bus won't accept your ticket so don't bother buying such a ticket all the way to Saigon or somewhere else in the delta.

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Posted by AbigailatPenhandInk on 25/3/2011 at 09:48 TF writer

................ Sorya 168 Bus Company has a bus station at Central Market where you can get tickets for Kep and Kampot for about $4, no need to buy through your hotel. The buses leave from the same place. They have several a/c buses a day, usually pretty comfortable and taking about 4 to 5 hours, with a 15 minute food and toilet stop on the way.

A private taxi from PP to Kampot will cost you $35 and the journey takes 2 to 2 and a half hours.


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Posted by chriswhite on 25/3/2011 at 13:10

Hi eastwest - thanx very much for da info, that is what I was hoping, to not have to back track to PP and will now go via Ha Tien with confidence - hell the scams are just every where and probably would have got hit with a dud bus ticket from Ha Tien - I'm hoping to put info on line as I travel - so for my computer charger can you tell me are the electric plugs the round 2 pin EU plugs ?

oh and no news from chocgirl !!

regards chris

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Posted by chriswhite on 25/3/2011 at 13:17

Hello Abigail ' thank you too for info re aircon bus from PP to Kampot which is considerably cheaper 4da same thing - and the taxi it would be an option to get somebody to share and save a lot of time - thanx again ... can't wait to start -
5 more sleeps :-))


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Posted by eastwest on 25/3/2011 at 14:08

Most electrical sockets can receive several types of plugs including the 2-round pin plug type from europe. More standard in the region is 3-rectanlges pin plug. You can however easily buy an adapter (called "free" in Cambodia) in almost any (hardware) store in the region for $0.50 or so.
There is no official electrical standard in Cambodia and imported electrical goods come from all over the world. That should explain it a little.

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Posted by chriswhite on 28/3/2011 at 13:02

eastwest thanx very much re plug info

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Posted by heleni on 6/8/2013 at 07:56

I absolutely love Kep and am going for my 3rd time. I don't go for the beach but cycling round the amazing rice fields and the very friendly people. Rabbit island just off Kep is awful unless you like living without water and electricity and dirty beaches.

A trip up to Bokor Park from Kampot is also interesting. If only they would spend a fraction of the money they have spent on landscaping Bokor park and building the casino and hotl ... on painting the houses in Kampot it would look absolutely charming.

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Posted by jerometraveller on 11/8/2013 at 03:00

I made a video about my trip to Cambodia:

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