Explore around Phnom Penh by taxi boat

Explore around Phnom Penh by taxi boat

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An excellent and newish initiative by Phnom Penh transportation authorities, the taxi boat service is really a river bus scheme with scheduled, public boats connecting the city’s southern and northern suburbs to the city centre and it makes for a great way to explore around Phnom Penh by boat.

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Fast changing skyline—and not for the better generally. Photo by: Mark Ord.
Fast changing skyline—and not for the better generally. Photo: Mark Ord

Plans are in place to extend the route further north to Prek Pnoeu (12 kilometres north on Highway 5) and if the scheme proves successful additional routes will be added. One from Chaktomuk up the Mekong to Koh Dach would be perfect!

Since the current Phnom Penh suburban terminals are of very limited interest or use to the casual visitor we’re not proposing the boat service as a practical means of transport in the same way as for instance Bangkok’s Chao Phraya Express is, but what it does make for is an interesting and fun activity. Which explains why we’ve seen fit to place it in our see and do, rather than transport section.

No words. Photo by: Mark Ord.
No words. Photo: Mark Ord

There are at present three, bright-blue-painted, craft plying the route at a leisurely pace and regardless of the direction, you’ll find excellent views are to be had on the way. What’s more, they even allow plenty of time for passengers to embark and disembark and, at present at least, you’re guaranteed a seat. The three craft are all different and while one looks like a converted torpedo boat from the old Siem Reap run the other two newer boats provide open viewing areas fore and aft. Note they are strictly passengers only so no motorbikes are ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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