You have 3 options when visiting Kampot from Phnom Penh: you can take a bus, which takes 3.5 hours and costs $11; a taxi, which takes 2.5-3 hours and costs $50; or a train, which takes 4 hours and 40 minutes and costs $7.
Since a few years ago, you can now go from Phnom Penh to Kampot without having to pass by Kep. The roads are in good condition and thanks to the new route, you can travel this distance in as fast as 2.5-3 hours.
Taking the bus from Phnom Penh to Kampot is cheap and comfortable. It takes about 3.5 hours to reach Kampot and expect to pay about $11 for a one-way bus ride.
Traveling by train offers you a unique experience, but takes longer than the bus or taxi. Trains only run on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.
The taxi is a good alternative to the bus when travelling in a group. You can easily travel door-to-door and taxis offer a bit more comfort than a bus ride. With the taxi, rates start at $50.
Located along a river outside of town, with palm trees all around, you ﬁnd Daom Djah Spirit. The excellent food and beautiful yet simple bungalows feel like a true nature retreat! It's a 15min ride to town, so rent a bike before you come here or ask the friendly staff to book a TukTuk for you.
Featuring a mini golf course, pool tables, and a pub with live entertainment, you deﬁnitely won’t get bored at The Magic Sponge. Located along Guesthouse Street, the city center and river are within walking distance. Owner William and his staff are very warm and welcoming.
Arcadia is heaven for backpackers. This hostel boasts an amazing waterpark featuring a waterslide and many other attributes that will guarantee a great day of fun. If you are not staying here, I still recommend to visit this place for an afternoon. Non-guests can access this waterpark for a small payment too. Once you got your wristband, get ready to launch your mates 10 meter high in the sky on the big blob!