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Bat Dâmbâng Getting in & out

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By plane

Battambang does have an airport, but it has been closed since the road to Phnom Penh was sealed.

By road

Buses and share taxis run to many destinations, including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap (via Sisophon), and the Thai border at Poipet/Aranyaprathet (also via Sisophon) and Pailin.

The Phnom Penh - Battambang - Sisophon road is sealed and well maintained, and the bridges are not prone to collapsing (unlike their counterparts on the unsealed roads). Travelling by car, it takes around four hours to get to Phnom Penh, and just under an hour to get to Sisophon. Buses to Phnom Penh take about five-six hours and cost about US$4.

The infamous Poipet - Sisophon - Siem Reap road has finally been sealed. Getting from Sisophon to Poipet or Siem Reap by car takes just under an hour, and about double that by bus.

The Battambang to Pailin road is sealed finally. Paramount Bus Company has started a service from Battambang for US$4. The journey takes about 1.5-2 hours but just has 2 buses running this route.

By boat

Boats go to and from Siem Reap (for Angkor) daily. An interesting and very scenic journey along small rivers, the boats thread their way through numerous charming floating villages and past dozens of towering cantilevered fishing net installations. It can take as little as four hours, or over twelve, depending on the time of year (and hence the water level), however the time can be fairly accurately predicted by checking the time that the same boat arrived yesterday.

When the water level gets very low, the boats cannot get all the way to Battambang and the journey is completed by minibus or pick-up.

By rail

Rail service has since been suspended. The government is working on a new railway scheme but that is not opperating yet.

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