Don´t take night buses in Cambodia
Taking night buses in Cambodia is dangerous for any person, local or foreigner. The most used route is Sihanoukville-Siem Reap, two tourist destination of the country. Before it seems a good idea to travel between both cities in the night and in the past it was well recommended. But the golden time is over: Complains of bad service are everywhere and it includes even an attempt of sexual rape of a British lady on the Virak Buntham bus company, thefts where bus staff is involved and a crush accident due to high speed by Olympic Express bus company.
Trying to reason with the bus companies owners is useless, because they just show they don’t mind, answer rudely and insist in blaming circumstances, like Olympic Express is doing after one of its buses turned over on January 10 with the injury of 5 passengers. The company staff, especially the driver, fled the bus, letting his passengers to their fate and his whereabouts still unknown. As for the insurance company, Caminco, their cooperation is zero. In synthesis: all these companies are managed by unprofessional, unethical and unsafe personnel that put in risk the life of their customers and the reputation of the country.
Avoid especially any deal with Virak Buntham and Olympic Express, but they are only the tip of the iceberg. There are many other so-called bus & van companies with similar reputation. Ask recommendations about any bus or van company before buying a ticket and believe any complain about them as true, because you will probably have to prove it in your own flesh.
A good recommendation to travel between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville is the plane, though it’s still expensive. However, it is better than to face a bad bus company. Other options is to contract a taxi – though it’s so expensive than a plane would be fair in comparison. Day buses are safer, anyway.
If you have had a bad experience in a bus or van company in Cambodia, please let it here and put clearly their name or the name of any staff with a rude and unprofessional behavior, so banning their business would be the best option.