The cheapest way to travel the 165km distance from Siem Reap to Battambang is by bus, which takes 3 hours and costs $8. Alternative options are via taxi, which takes 2.5 hours and costs $40 or via ferry, which takes 8 hours and costs $25.
If you want a more extraordinary experience, consider travelling by ferry from Siem Reap to Battambang.
This ride provides you with a good insight into how the locals live along the river, but don’t expect extraordinary views. Also, bear in mind that ferries don’t maintain the best safety measures.
The ferries on this route are local, wooden boats that don’t offer a lot of comfort. Also, it can get quite hot and you will hear the loud boat motor throughout the journey.
Regardless, the ferry ride is a good experience for those who wish to see sights that are usually not visited by tourists. Taking the ferry from Siem Reap to Battambang can be quite an adventure.
How to get to Phnom Krom Port?
To get to the ferry port, you can get a tuk-tuk for $5 to Phnom Krom. You can buy your tickets normally on the same day at the port. The ride will take about 8 hours and tickets costs around $20.
It’s always a good idea to check with your accommodation for the current schedule or book your ferry tickets in advance.
The route from Siem Reap to Battambang goes as follows:
Phnom Krom Dock – Siem Reap River – Tonle Sap Lake – Sangker River – Battambang (near Route 5 Bridge)
Our favourite places to stay in Battambang
The city of Battambang is fairly spread out, however, you'll find the majority of accommodations are located centrally, near the Sangkae River.
The downtown area is less than 5km from the airport so taking public transportation or hopping in a taxi will be an easy & quick trip to your hotel. The bus terminal is located in the downtown area and will likely be within walking distance to your hotel, or just a short taxi ride away.
If you're hoping to visit the circus while here, it's located just a few kilometers from the airport in the opposite direction of downtown. You can still easily stay in the downtown area and grab a taxi for just a couple of bucks.
When looking for a great place to stay in Battambang, we recommend the accommodations below.
Pomme Hostel, Bar & Restaurant is located centrally in the heart of Battambang. Just 200 m from Psar Nat, Riverside Night Market, and Battambang Museum, it's a great place to stay to see the local sights.
While breakfast is not included with your stay, it's just an extra $2 for a full English breakfast or 'build-your-own' breakfast. The restaurant offers an array of local, Asian, and international meals for lunch and dinner as well. The hotel staff, who are known to be extremely welcoming and friendly, can also arrange local tours for you.
Located amongst the rice fields and surrounded by beauty, this homestay is 15km from the city center of Battambang.
They offer a stunning garden, free bicycle rentals, and a relaxing terrace to soak in the sights. The owners and staff will treat you like family, great food, and a private bamboo bungalow, this is the perfect place to stay. Also, a delicious vegetarian breakfast is included with your stay.
If you're looking for a little more luxury without breaking the bank, then Sangker Villa is definitely the place to stay.
This centrally located villa offers a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, and each room has air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, a minibar, and en suite bathrooms with toiletries, they even offer hot showers!
The on-site French restaurant and bar is the perfect place to cool down after walking around town and enjoy the river views, just a 200 m walk away.