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Cycle Touring Routes   >  Cambodia  >  Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville  >  Day
Day 1
Bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Company - Mekong Express Limousine
Cost per person $10.00
Cost per bike $5.00

Here's a trick that actually worked.  When we went into the
Mekong Express office near the Angkor Market (the
supermarket with the western food on Sivatha Road).  We
didn't ask if they could take bikes, we just assumed they
would and they did.   Yeah!!
This particular company is the best at the moment.  We
talked to several other travelers that used it and said it was
really good.
We were not disappointed.  The only monkey wrench in the
plan was that we had to pedal our bikes to the bus station
on NH route 6 to get on the bus.

(Note:  If you don't have bikes there is a mini-van that
leaves the Mekong Express Office and takes you to the bus
station area)

The Siem Reap bus station is around 4 kilometers (1.2
miles) from the center of Siem Reap on highway 6 toward
Phnom Penh and is not really a bus station.
How to get to the bus station - Take Nhighway 6 toward
Phnom Penh.  On route 6 we passed the "new" central
market on our right and continued pedaling for another
kilometer or so and turned right onto a side road just before
the SKS Gas Station.  

The bus station is more of an area on a dirt lot where the
buses from every company congregate and leave.  There is
an area with food vendors, restrooms, but there are no bus
offices or ticket windows here.  

If you do not have a ticket you can still walk up to a bus as
each company sets up a table in front of the bus and sells
tickets for any remaining seats.

We arrived at 6:00 .am. just as the Mekong Express
personnel arrived in their mini-van.

The bus arrives around 6:15.  Rich removed the front
wheels on the bikes and the personnel helped us load our
bikes into the luggage compartment area under the bus.  
The luggage compartment area is huge.
They charged us $5.00 per bike and we paid that morning
and received an official receipt.

About the Mekong Express Limousine bus company -
We were given a light breakfast of pastries and water.
The employees wear lovely traditional Cambodian uniforms.
Each bus has a "tour guide" describing some of the
highlights of the region.
The bus has a/c, toilet and numbered reclining seats.
The bus makes one stop in Kompong Thom at the Arunras
Hotel restaurant around 10:30 a.m. for about 30 minutes.
The bus has a TV that plays Asian movies and the volume
is kept low.
The ride takes 5 1/2 hours.

The Mekong Express bus office in Phnom Penh is at the
corner of 102 street and Sisowatha Road across the river.  
Smack in the center of Phnom Penh.