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Kampot to Phnom Penh

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Taking a Minivan from Kampot to Phnom Penh
Know before you go

There are many different minivan options available for booking when traveling between Kampot and Phnom Penh. Cambodia can be easily explored in both shared and private vans. The shared vans always have air conditioning and they are quiet affordable. But, if you are traversing the land with a group it may be better to consider a private transfer option.

  • Pros
    • Comfortable seats
    • Many departure times
    • Ample luggage allowance
    • Return journeys available
    • Affordable ticket price
  • Cons
    • Oftentimes non refundable
    • Possibly cramped cabin
    • No bathrooms on board
    • High demand: quick to overbook
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Taking a Bus from Kampot to Phnom Penh
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The bus service is a great option to consider for travel between Kampot and Phnom Penh. There are multiple departure times, mostly in the morning and afternoon, and for a very affordable price you'll be able to get from A to B in less than four hours.

  • Pros
    • Luggage allowance
    • WiFi on board
    • Fully air conditioned cabin
    • English speaking staff
    • Free hotel pick up available
  • Cons
    • Non refundable
    • High demand: quick to overbook
    • No pets allowed on board
    • Possibly bumpy ride
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Taking a Train from Kampot to Phnom Penh
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There is 1 operator that run from Kampot to Phnom Penh, with 1 departure per day. If you decide to take a Train, you can take the Economy Seat option.

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Taking a Car from Kampot to Phnom Penh
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If you want some extra privacy and would love some help with your luggage, consider the private transfer car service. In this car, you and two other people can travel to any hotel in Phnom Penh. The car is usually an average, but very tidy, sedan.

  • Pros
    • Knowledgeable driver
    • Pick up anytime, anywhere
    • Luggage allowance
    • Comfortable cabin
  • Cons
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    How to get from Kampot to Phnom Penh

         The 131 km journey from Kampot to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s lively capital, takes between 3.5 and 4 hours. You can choose from a variety of options to cover this distance - air-conditioned tourist buses, minivans or private cars.  

         For those on a backpacking trip through Cambodia, we recommend the tourist buses or minivans. With convenient timings, comfortable seating, and affordable prices, they provide value-for-money for budget travelers. Some of the service providers even offer hotel pick up. The tourist bus even offers a light snack and bottled water. You can also choose to book a private minivan for your trip if you are traveling with a large group. Buses and minivans are a popular choice for those traveling from Kampot to Phnom Penh, so we recommend you book ahead if you are planning to opt for one. 

         If you want flexibility in terms of timings, have extra luggage to carry, or want privacy, then renting a car may be the best thing to do. Depending on the size of your group, you can choose between a standard size car or SUV for your journey from Kampot to Phnom Penh. 

         Buses and minivans take closer to 4 hours to cover the distance while private taxis take about three and a half hours. 


    What to see when traveling from Kampot to Phnom Penh?

         Idyllic countryside scenes await you on your trip from Kampot to Phnom Penh. Whether you are traveling by bus or minivan or taxi, sit back and take in the peaceful sights of locals going about their daily chores, green paddy fields, coconut and sugar palm trees dotting the landscape and the Bokor Mountains in the distance.

         If you have booked a minivan for your group or are traveling by taxi, you can stopover at a fruit stall for a bite of watermelon or local fruit. If you are visiting the region after the monsoons, you are in for a visual treat as the entire countryside is decked in shades of green.

         Once you get closer to Phnom Penh, you might have to deal with heavy traffic and traffic jams. Phnom Penh is a busy city, and you will get to see bikes, buses, taxis and tuk-tuks jostling for space. Do note that road conditions deteriorate during and immediately following the monsoons.


    What is the best time of year to visit Kampot?

         Kampot, like most of Cambodia, sees warm temperatures throughout the year. Day time highs fall in the range of 30°C - 34°C ( 86°F- 93°F) while nighttime lows rarely fall below 20°C.

         Cambodia experiences primarily two seasons - a dry season that runs from October to April and a wet season that starts in the second half of May and goes all the way till September. With day time temperatures in the range of low 30s (86°F - 89°F), clear, blue skies, and little to no rain, the months from December to March are the best times to visit Kampot.

         Rainfall levels start to increase by April and May, but they are usually in the form of short downpours. Though hot and humid, these months are a good time to visit Kampot if you don't mind the occasional shower. It is also a good time to score deals. To escape the heat, hire a scooter and ride up to the Phnom Bokor National Park. Breathtaking views of the Kampot countryside, ruins of the Black Palace, and the Old Catholic Church make this a must-do day trip from Kampot. 

         By June, the monsoon sets in firmly. Rainfall levels and the number of rainy days keep increasing through September. 75% of the rain received by the region is between the months of July and September, with September being the wettest month. Day time temperatures are usually around 31°C (88°F)

         By the second half of October, the rains begin to subside, leaving behind a lush and green countryside. Rainfall levels continue to fall in November, making it another good month to visit Kampot before the crowds arrive. With temperatures now around 30°C (85°F), it's an excellent time to head out to the Kampot Salt Fields for a fascinating insight into the salt-making process. We also recommend a tour of the pepper plantations in the region. December brings with it cool winds, great weather, and big crowds. It's a popular month to visit the region, so make sure you book ahead. 


    What is the best time of year to visit Phnom Penh?

         Cambodia's capital city, Phnom Penh, experiences warm weather throughout the year with temperatures ranging from 29°C (84°F) during the dry season to 35°C (95°F) during the rainy season. The wet months see a rise not only in temperatures but also humidity levels. The best time to visit Phnom Penh is the period from December to February. These months see clear skies and pleasant temperatures in the range of 30°C - 33°C (86°F - 91°F), providing the right conditions to visit the Royal Palace and the Wat Phnom Buddhist temple. It is also a good time to sightsee the region’s outdoor attractions such as The Killing Fields and the S21 prison, a reminder of the country’s tragic past.

         Mercury levels rise to around 35°C (95°F) during March-May making it the hottest months of the year. Humidity levels also rise, making temperatures seem higher than they are. If you are visiting Phnom Penh during these months, visit the National Museum and Genocide Museum for some respite from the day time heat and during the night, head to the Phnom Penh Night Market to sample some of Cambodia's best street food! We recommend a night cruise on the Mekong River, the perfect end to a hectic day of sightseeing. 

         July is wet and rainy, and the showers get more frequent and intense as the month’s progress. September and October are the rainiest months of the year. By November, the rains begin to subside. The beautiful green surroundings, full lakes and rivers, and the Cambodian Water Festival make November one of the best times to visit Phnom Penh. Boat races, fireworks, and music concerts are all part of the Cambodian Water Festival that marks the end of the monsoon season.

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    Reviews of the ride from Kampot to Phnom Penh


    Based on 38 review from Bookaway users who traveled from Kampot to Phnom Penh

    • D
      easy to book online. much easier than Cambodia Rail online
    • M
      Bus was correct, left on time and arrival early, no problem ‘
    • j
      We hire a drive from Phnom Penh to Kampot and return. From Phnom Penh, the driver Tony, a very nice guy, was in advance and drove us very carefully without any problem For the return, we made a modification, for which we received confirmation. Unfortunately, thedriver was not in time. We asked a nice Cambodian guy to call the company for us and he receives a reply that the driver was on the way. Half an hour later, the guy called again and received the phone number of the driver. He called him : in fact, the driver was not aware of the modifiaction !!! The compagny didn't say him the new pick-up location and he finaly arrived with 40 minutes late ! We were anxious because we had a plane to catch at the airport ! This driver, Samor, was a very nice guy. He apologizes and drove without loosing time, but carefully and safely till the airport. We were in time for our flight. For the modification, we were in contact with Catherine from Bookaway, she was efficient, thank you
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