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From Phnom Penh Giant Ibis to Kep Province by bus

Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
Kep via Kampot Giant Ibis, Kep Province
Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
Kep via Kampot Giant Ibis, Kep Province

How to get from Phnom Penh to Kampot

The main draw of Kampot is undoubtedly its laidback and relaxed atmosphere of a small riverside town and, of course, pepper. Pepper from Kampot is a well-known brand in South East Asia, and well, you cannot leave Kampot without buying some pepper for yourself, for your friends, for your mom – and then buying some more – just in case. Life is slow in Kampot, though in recent years more and more international cuisine restaurants and bars are making their way to the town, and the local expat community grows step by step. In general, Kampot is a perfect place to spend a couple of relaxed days savouring a slightly nostalgic air of this quaint town filled with once stately colonial mansions on the background of the green slopes of surrounding hills.

From Phnom Penh to Kampot by bus

The distance between Phnom Penh and Kampot is about 150 km, and most buses cover it in two-and-a-half-hour time. The road between Phnom Penh and Kampot was completely sealed in 2015, hurray, so no more bumpy rides there. You have a wide choice of operators competing to bring you from Phnom Penh to Kampot with buses departing from different locations throughout the city depending on the bus company. You can buy tickets directly at the relative bus stations or through tour agencies and hotels while in Phnom Penh. For the moment the only bus company in Cambodia which sells tickets online is Giant Ibis Transport. It also has the best safety record in the country and all of their passengers are covered with insurance.

In Phnom Penh, Giant Ibis buses leave from the company’s bus station in 106 Street, conveniently located close to the riverfront and the night market. Check with your accommodation if it is listed among Giant Ibis’ partners; if yes, the company provides free pick-up, but you have to inform them in advance.

For Phnom Penh–Kampot route Giant Ibis uses their smaller Universe County buses which are confortable enough for a short trip. Note though, that all ‘C’ seats are jump seats with backs lower than in normal seats. The first row feels a bit cramped as the leg space is rather limited. Otherwise buses are well maintained and quite comfortable. Tickets cost USD10 and include free Wi-Fi and the use of electrical outlets on board. A bottle of water and a cold towel are served in Kampot-bound buses. Note that there are neither toilets on board nor bathroom stops during the trip.

In Kampot you will be dropped off close to Durian roundabout behind the petrol station. It is about 250 m to the riverfront from there and a bit more to the main bus station in Kampot which is on Route 33 by the Old Market Street. There is plenty of accommodation options close to the river and a bit off on the both sides of the Old Market Street. You can easily walk there from Durian roundabout.

Further afield from Kampot

Bokor National Park

The French definitely new what they were doing when they built their hill station atop Bokor Mountain back in 1920s. Unlike in Kampot with its scotching hot summers, it is always refreshingly cool in Bokor, which occupies commanding position over the region at 1000+ m. Giant Ibis offers direct buses from Kampot to the hill station: ask at their ticket office where you arrive from Phnom Penh. Travel time from Kampot to Bokor Mountain is less than one hour.


Instead of going back to Kampot from Bokor National Park, you can hitchhike further southeast to the charming town of Kep. It is only 25 km or one hour’s drive to Kep. This small seaside town has nothing in common with its more popular counterpart, Sihanoukville, – except for the white sand which was brought to Kep from Otres Beach. Great seafood, tranquil atmosphere and friendly locals, unspoiled (at the moment) by mass tourism are a great draw of Kep. Visit now before it grows into something less attractive and more mainstream.


When you get tired of a quiet life by the river in Kampot and a quiet life by the sea in Kep, head west for turquois water, sweeping beaches and (relatively) vibrant nightlife of the most famous Cambodian sea resort city, Sihanoukville. 120 km between Kampot and Sihanoukville can be covered in two or three hours; buy tickets at the bus station in Kampot.

Getting around

You can easily cover Kampot on foot: the town is small and flat. Nearly every guesthouse offers bicycles and motorbikes for hire; prices start from USD1.5 and USD5 per day respectively. Traffic is limited and riding a bicycle or a motorbike is a pleasure in Kampot. With your two-wheel transport you will have much more freedom and will not be dependent on tour agencies for visiting outlying caves, the Secret Lake, salt fields and pepper farms. Bokor National Park can also be reached by motorbike, and the road up the mountain is in good condition.

Where to stay

For a town of such a small size Kampot has a wonderfully good choice of accommodation – from basic budget digs to rather stylish upmarket bungalows and hotel rooms. Prices are a delight for your pocket, whichever type of accommodation you fancy. To get the most of your stay in Kampot it is highly recommended to opt for one of the guesthouses along the river. Many of them have terraces over the water and access to the river.


Apart from visiting Bokor National Park with its dilapidated casino and some other colonial buildings, a couple of waterfalls and breath taking views over Kampot, there are enough things to see and to do in Kampot and around to spend several lazy days.

Nearly every pepper farm around Kampot is happy to welcome visitors, so you can witness the process of pepper growing and processing from A to Z and buy some great – and genuine – Kampot pepper directly from farms.

Another important industry in Kampot is salt producing. Picturesque white cones dot glittering salt fields which reflect the sky along the road to Kep.

There several worth-seeing ancient temples and ruins around Kampot with Phnom Chhnork being one of the most impressive sights as well as a dozen of relatively modern Buddhist wats in town, some with surprisingly nice murals.

Oh, and definitely take a boat trip along the river – without it your Kampot experience will not be complete!

Passenger reviews out of total 599 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Apr 13, 2019
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport
The AC was not working properly, which made the 5hr journey very unpleasant .
Apr 10, 2019
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport
The bus was very comfortable, lots of legroom. What bothered me is that the last 50 km the road in very bad condition was and that the driver at very high speed drove Kind regards.
Mar 25, 2019
bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport
Departed too late
Mar 19, 2019
bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport
You need a comfortable bus for this trip as a large section of the road before Kampot is being rebuilt. Very bumpy and dusty on this section of the trip. In our experience of drivers in Cambodia to date, the middle line is only a suggestion as we were often on the far left even on the good roads. That said this trip was so much safer than our last minivan trip with a different company. The water and buns is a nice touch. Plenty of leg room, great air conditioning and wifi. You can also charge devises on the bus. Recommend
Feb 23, 2019
bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport
Very nice people!
Feb 5, 2019
bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport
Bouteille d’eau et petit pain offert. Bus spatieux et confortable. Pause pour manger. Cependant quelques frayeurs à cause de l’etat déplorable des routes cambodgiennes.
Dec 17, 2018
bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport
Good and comfortable but toilet and WiFi not working. Also didn't have a vegan friendly snack for us unlike the bus from Saigon.
Dec 14, 2018
bus Universe Luxury-27, Giant Ibis Transport
My wife and I have been travelling around Asia (Indian subcontinent, China, then SE Asia) so we are absolutely used to the way things work in here as well as the appalling road conditions and safety. Yet Giant Ibis managed to surprise... We had booked our bus ticket ahead long before the actual traveling day. Had we not walked casually by the Giant Ibis bus station in Phnom Penh ahead of our planned departure time to Kep, we would have never known that the schedule had been completely changed. No notice nor email whatsoever, ridiculous... Why do they even ask contact details then ? As we were seating in the bus, the attendant informed us the journey would take 4h, so clearlly the expected durationis known, yet advertised differently, which is dishonest. You pay extra money for a better service (after all, aren't they the most expensive on the market ?) and still get an idiot for a driver who only stops the horn/klaxon when he is busy answering his phone... of course overspeeding for the road conditions. We almost got an accident, to which the driver and his assistant could only laugh... seriously ???? Wi-Fi also was "broken", as usual... This is Cambodia, if you really want it fixed, it takes 5min, but I guess they don't care. And at last, 30min before reaching our destination, we had to stop because the driver wanted to eat... Seriously, wtf??? That is customer care, you delay everybody in your f***ing bus because one person doesn't want to wait 30min to eat... Absolutely ridiculous... We expected better, and were in our right... Otherwise we arrived safe and sound, which is the most important, but one should always keep in mind what is being paid for before being too generous with a review, and check what is actually delivered against what was promised (a 3h-long VIP-like journey vs an almost 5h sum of ridiculous "service")... Instead of arriving at the advertised 4:30pm, we ended up in Kep at 7:30pm, which does make a difference...
Sep 12, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
We were informed by email in the morning of departure that the bus will depart 1h 15min later. This was no problem for us. But the ride took 1h longer than scheduled which got us to our destination even later. We really liked that the bus driver let us out a bit earlier close to our hotel.

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