The coastal town of Sihanoukville (or Kampong Sohm in Khmer language) is relatively close to Kampot. The 110 km distance is usually covered in about 2 hours, although more if you decide to travel by shared taxi or minivan. For any transport arrangements, ask your guesthouse or hotel to help you, or stop by at Ana Tours and Travel on Serendipity Beach Road in Sihanoukville. (October 2012 & April 2013: their website is currently under construction, but you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org).
The trip from Sihanoukville to Kampot is a pleasant one: the scenery is beautiful and the road surface is pretty good for Cambodian standards, although
potholes have started to appear the road is currently in terrible condition along National Road 3 between Veal Rinh and Kampot. The potholes are forgettable along this trip, as you will find yourself driving through a very nice part of Cambodia. The Domrai (elephant) mountains, part of the Cardamom mountain range and home of Bokor Hill Station are on the left, the ocean on the right. You travel past some interesting fishing villages, some of which produce fish sauce: let your nose be your guide.
Private taxis are easily arranged by your accommodation in Sihanoukville. The current price for a one-way trip from Sihanoukville to Kampot is about US$35, this is excluding any stops along the way. Expect to pay more during important festivals and holidays. By private taxi, the trip takes roughly
1.5 2 hours. A private taxi ensures a door-to-door trip: you are being picked up from your accommodation and dropped of at our doorstep if requested.
For guests who are flying to Sihanoukville Airport from Siem Reap we can arrange taxi pick-ups for the same rate.
Shared taxis can be found opposite Psar Leu as well as at the downtown taxi/bus station in Sihanoukville. You pay per seat, but keep in mind that a regular Toyota Camry offers seating to 6 or 7 people: 4 people on the back seat, 2 on the front passenger seat and possibly an extra passenger on the drivers’ seat. It is possible to reserve double seats – having the front seat to yourself would mean paying for 2 seats.
Shared taxis only leave when full, which is fastest early morning. A shared taxi trip usually takes a lot longer than a private taxi trip due to numerous stops. When budgeting, be aware that shared taxis travel from taxi stand to taxi stand, and that you will have to arrange your transport to and from these taxi stands.
Hooray! There finally is a decent bus option again on this route:
This brand new service offers high quality buses, in-bus services such as a snack and cold towel and a direct trip to Kampot. They depart Sihanoukville daily at 8:30am and 12:00pm. Tickets cost US$7 for the 2 hour one-way trip and include a pick up from your accommodation.
Giant Ibis Transport
The availability of bus services between Sihanoukville and Kampot has been an on/off affair for years. Right at this moment, all bus services have been suspended. I will keep you posted if the situation changes (again).
The hire of a private minivan to take you from Sihanoukville to Kampot currently sets you back about US$70.00. Expect to pay more when traveling on public holidays, when traveling from Otres Beach in Sihanoukville and when not traveling during the morning or early afternoon.
Contact Ana Tours and Travel for more information, or ask your accommodation to help you organise a private minivan.
There are several minibus services covering the stretch of road – all are offering roughly the same service. The cost of a ticket is averaging on US$5 per person. Drivers need to make ends meet, so they will get as many package deliveries and passengers as possible.
(The prices on this page are used as indications only and may vary)