Boat ride from Siem Reap to Battambang, Cambodia

After four days exploring the Angkor region, we were quite templed out, the idea of a ferry from Siem Reap to Battambang was a welcome change. A shared bus picked us up early in the morning, and did a round collecting tourists till the bus was full, and dropped us off at a small tributary entering the Tonle Sap Lake. The dryer season meant that the boat had to start a lot closer to the lake than normal, with the bus covering initially following the shallow tributary. The boat was a colourfully painted wooden boat, with a very loud engine, do not sit at the back.

During the boat journey we came across a lot of interesting birds, animals and of course the local floating villages. Amazing to see how people lived on the Tonle Sap Lake. After seven hours we reached Battambang and greeted by comical taxi drivers on the shore all after our business.


  • Elizabeth

    Hello! I am planning a trip to Cambodia for next month and while searching for boat rides on the Mekong came across your blog–thanks for the info! Can you please share with me how you arranged for this (I am interested in the Siem Reap – Battambang portion) and perhaps the cost? Thanks for your help! I’ll be checking out your other posts to get more info :)

  • Hi Elizabeth
    We arranged it through our Siem Reap hotel, all the hotels should be able to do it.
    I can’t really remember the cost, Google says around $20 per person one way.