Koh Kong CAMBODIA

Area Code 035, Bank $1=3900r, Feb24, 2003

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Koh Kong is an island located SW of the Cambodia, near the border with Thailand. You can come here from Sihanoukville by boat or from the main land by small boat after taking a moto from the Thai border.. Currently the bridge is under construction. Soon Koh Kong will be connected by the bridge.
There is not really a town center in Koh Kong. The town stretches along the water front which is running N to S. The land is E side. Most of the decent GHs are located on the main Rd running from the round about to E. From the pier for the small boat, go left as you land and turn right on the main road leading to the round about. From the pier for the express boat from Sihanoukville, go right and turn left to the main road.
There are two piers.

Border Crossing
 
Koh Kong (Cam)/Hat Lek (Thai): open 7-17:00.
A comfortable means of getting between Bangkok and Phnom Penh.
Money Changer: In the market, 300m after the Cambodian Immigration.
Transport to Koh Kong: Moto 30-40B incl the toll of the bridge.
minibus from the border 550B dep 8:00, 12:30. Also to Phnom Penh $10-15 dep around 13:00

From BKK to Phnom Penh:
1.) Take a bus to Trat.
2.) Take a songthaw to Klong Yai(40B), 1 hour
3.) Change to another songthaw(20B) to Hat lek, 30 min.
Cross the border. You can get the Cambodia 1-month visa on border. $20/1000B. Need 1 photo.
4.) Take a moto to Koh Kong. 30-40B incl the toll of the bridge.
5.) Express boat to Sihanoukville, dep 8:00, $12/500B. To take this boat in a same day, you have to leave Trat very early morning. Or take the minibus. See above
7.) In the Sihanoukville, take a moto from the port to the bus station, 1000-4000r. If you want to travel to PP in a same day, you have to harry to go to the bus station. you don't have so much time to negotiate the moto fare. So the fare will be very high.
8.) Take a bus to PP, 3-4 hour. It is possible to travel from Koh Kong to PP in a day.
Warning: Once you enter Cambodia, you have to negotiate with moto drivers and boat drivers. It is very hard to get the reasonable fare, Many reported the boat drives refused foreigners unless they pay 150B.

From PP to BKK
On the road:

Take a minibus
(Can book at Capotol GH): $10-15, del 7:30
Bus + Boat:
1.)
Take a bus from PP to Sihanoukville. See the details in PP section. To take the boat in the same day, you have to take a 7:30 bus.
2.) Take a moto from the bus station to the boat pier, 1000-4000r. They try to rip off, but you don't have any time to bargain.
3.) Take an express boat from Sihanoukville to Koh Kong. $12/500B, dep12:00. If you want to take the boat in a same day, you don't have so much time to negotiate the moto fare. Also the boat will be full so you have to sit on the roof. 3.5 hrs,
4.)From Koh Kong, take a moto to the border. 30-40B/p incl the bridge toll.
5.) Take a moto taxi to the border, 20-30B
6.) Cross the border. The border is closed at 17:00.
7.) Take a songthaw to Klong yai 20B 30min
8.) Change songthaw to Trat, 40B 1 hour.
9.) You can take a night bus to BKK.
Attention:
If the boat arrived later than 16:00, you have to take a risk not to be able to cross the border. If the border had been closed when you got there, you have 3 choices.
1) Stay at Eingdoy Hotel, 500m before the border, 039-588109, ab d350B tw400B TV pool bar C4.
2)
A small GH in the village near by. 1.5km from the border. Too basic and dirty, sb f 150B C1. Nothing but rip off.
3) Go to Koh Kong by moto(20B/p) and boat(20B/p)

i Tourist office: Next to Koh Kong Hotel. Just n from the Express boat pier. M-F9-17:00, No English staff. No info leaflets. Better to ask your GH or moto drivers.
$ PCB Bank: From the pier for the small boat, go right(South) M-F7-17:00
$ Money changers: at the market. See below. $1=45B, b=85r. Riel to Baht 87r=1B
M0 Post/telephone Office: From the roundabout, go to N
P Police: From the roundabout, go N.24hours No staff speaks English so you had better to ask a manager at your GH.
H Hospital: off from the Police. M-F9-17:00. Facility is very basic. No English speaking staff.
m Market: Walk inland from the pier for the small boat
la Laundry: many GH and shops around the market offer the service. 30-40B/kg or 5-15B/p

Local Transport
Moto 1000r/10B within the island.,Taxi 3000r/30B
From Koh Kong to the border, 30-40B/p
rb Rental bike Cheap & Charlies GH: mountain bike 50B/day, motor bike 150B/day

Transport
A Airport: To PP ThSa11:10 Airport tax $4. Access: moto to the airport 10B/p
RL Phonm Penh Airways: E from the PCB Bank.T016-893738
Koh Kong -> PP ThSa11:10
B Minibus to Sihanoukville: 550B, around dep8:30, 13:00
Minibus to phnom Penh: ?B, dep around 13:00
B Taxi/pickups: leave from the market:
F Pier for the Express boat: to Sihanoukville. W from the market.$12/500B/48,000r, dep 8:00, arr 11:30

HOTEL
There is one group of the GHs and some others.
h9 Koh Kong Hotel: Near the express boat pier. f sb s/d 1-B, ab 150B, TV 200B, a/c 300B C3. Huge rooms but not so clean and noisy.
h1 Poysean: Walk straight as you land from the small boat pier and turn left at the market to a small alley. T936153, f sb s/d 100B, ab s/d 150B C4 Huge rooms and nice Gh but the shared bathrooms are local style(bucket style)
h2 to h8 are located on the main rd , E from the round about.
h2 Preas Chann: main Rd. N side. E from the round about. f sb s/d 70B C2. Huge rooms but basic.
h3 Rashey Buntham: Main Rd. off from h2, T936070, f ab s/d 150B, a/c ab 300B, la(10B/p or self) C4, All rooms have TV and towels. Large rooms, Nice lounge area Highly Rec
h4 Serey Soupon: N side. f sb s/d 70B C3. Basic small rooms. Bathroom is very small.
h5 Awaso: C1, S side of the Main Rd. too basic. Not Rec
h6 Lyly: N side, Nice GH but closed for 3 months due to the death in family.
h7 Pailin: S side. T353054, f ab s70, d100B, a/c TV ab s/d 200B C2, Very small rooms but friendly owner.
h8 Cheap Charles GH: n side. T853450, f sb s/d 70B, R(6:30-24:00) C4, Nice lounge area with STV + Hammocks. Rooms are small with mos-net. Very friendly homely atmosphere. Highly Rec

FOOD
Many local restaurants and cheap food stalls in the town. And many pubs(Some are Karaoke bars) are along the road from the Market to N. Food stalls are at the round about. 17-22:00
r Kakada Restaurant: 9-23:00, 15-30B. Cheap tasty food
r Cheap Charlie's GH Restaurant: 6:30-24:00 Cute restaurant serving very nice dish. Huge portion. Highly Rec

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