We had to get back to Bangkok by the 30th of December because we had a hotel reservation and our flight tickets were booked from Bangkok to Osaka, Japan on December 31st. So, we were heading to Thailand on land.
Battambang is the second largest city in Cambodia, following Phnom Penh. It is not a tourist spot, but they also have nice country scenery. Also, it is on the way to Thailand.
We took a bus to Battambang from Phnom Penh.
Where to buy the bus tickets
There were several companies who ran the bus service to Battambang from Phnom Penh. We took Capitol Tour because we thought it was reasonable and relatively reliable.
The ticket office was located close to the Orussey Market and 5 minutes walk from our hotel.
How much it cost to Battambang from Phnom Penh
They had a big entrance and we bought the tickets at the counter of the corner.
They had a price board written in English. The ladies behind the counter could speak basic English.
We bought tickets for the 9 am bus for the next day and they cost 25,000 Riel each.
How long it takes to Battambang from Phnom Penh by bus
The bus leaves in front of the ticket office where there was a waiting space. The ticket counter was next to the restaurant and guesthouse. Also, there were some shops who were selling bread and cakes. It was handy to get some food for the journey.
It was supposed to depart at 9 am, and it left 9:10, — almost on time. The bus stopped around 11 am for a toilet break and at 1 pm for lunch.
We had pork soup and simmered pork with pineapple. It came with rice. It cost $3.5 US for two of us which was more expensive than we had thought. The people in the restaurant didn’t speak English, but there was a Cambodian gentleman who could speak English and helped us when we paid.
The bus left the restaurant at 1:15 pm. It was still 150 km to go. We were told that it would take 6 hours to get to Battambang, but we stopped expecting too much.
The bus stopped so many times to pick up the people and to get them off. The driver didn’t drive very fast either. We arrived in Battambang at almost 5 pm. It was a long journey.
You can do this journey much quicker in small minibuses which are a bit more expensive, but arguably less comfortable and less safe because they are prone to drive in a more risky manner.