How To Reach Us
To get to Kuda Divers from most major cities in Cambodia it's usually just one bus trip and a 5 minute boat ride across to the island. From Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, the trip usually entails traveling to Phnom Penh along the major transport routes and then following the travel advice below, once in the country.
Please feel free to organise your transport individually, or let us know beforehand if you wish for our assistance. Be wary however, as a large percentage of the population here do not know where Koh Sdach is. If you or your hotel wish to organise transport, please be sure that you do not travel to the islands of Koh Rong or the city of Sihanoukville. That is the wrong way, but many assume that we are there, as they are the famous, tourist dominated islands.
After the car/bus
Accommodation in the above cities
General Cambodia Travel Advice
Traveling in Cambodia is a unique experience and you will see many wonderful sights as you travel along the roads and highways. On your way to Koh Sdach you will pass endless rice paddies, palm tree filled fields, jungles, Eucalyptus forests and the beautiful Cardamom Mountains. The roads and towns have sellers of strange and exotic foods and many waving kids.
The most common transport is done via privately owned mini-vans and cars, with commercial bus companies operating from Phnom Penh to major destinations, and back. Traveling the roads in Cambodia will see you forego some creature comforts, although most vans and small buses usually have air-conditioning. These vans can be crowded, but private cars are also available.
Any road transportation is best booked a day in advance. We urge you to contact us directly at this number (+855 (0)71 550 3222) so we may help you with travel arrangements (SIM cards can be purchased in phone shops or at the airport for $1 and then money topped up. We recommend the SMART Phone Company as they have good coverage and 4G internet on the island). If you wish to organise your own transport, make sure a Khmer-speaker helps you with the process. You may ask your hotel’s reception, but be warned, many do not know Koh Sdach and may send you to the wrong place. So, please let us help you if you are unsure.
Transport From Phnom Penh
Public minivans and a private bus operator leave from the Mondial Center (along the Mao Tse Toung Boulevard, Street 245, a main boulevard in the city) at 8 am only. The bus operator is our preferred option, as it is the least crowded, with air-conditioning and responsible staff. The ride may take between 5 and 7 hours depending on traffic, the number of stops and breaks, which usually includes a bakery outside Phnom Penh and a small restaurant for lunch. Simply arrive at Mondial by 7:30 am and approach the one yellow bus there. If there's any problem, there are three or four other mini-vans that can take you. This option will cost you $10.
If you’re looking for a more comfortable ride, private cars are available to pick you up at your hotel at anytime. The car costs approx. $80, and takes 4-5 hr to arrive at Koh Sdach.
Transport From Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem
Two options are available to reach Koh Sdach from Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem. You may choose to take one of the ferries over to Sihanoukville, and then follow the instructions for transport out of Sihanoukville, found below. Your accommodation on the island will know the speed ferry timetables and can help you make the 45 minute crossing to the mainland.
(Please note however that the ferry arrives in Sihanoukville after the mini-vans leave at 8 am. Therefore, if planning to take road transport you will need to stay an extra night in Sihanoukville, unless you take a private car). The ferries are usually about $20 for a one way trip. The mini-vans are $10 and a private car approximately $100.
The second option, depending on availability of boats and the weather, is a boat pickup from your guesthouse or local pier, for $110 (on Koh Rong) or $130 (on Koh Rong Samloem). This scenic route up the Cambodian coast lasts 2.5 – 3.5 hours, and includes free water, complimentary soft drink and snacks. It will deliver you straight to our dive centre pier.
Transport From Sihanoukville
The public minivans leave from the Psar Leu Market (7, Makara Street) at 8 am only. The ride usually takes 4-5 hours to arrive, and may be broken up into a shared taxi to a village called Veal Rinh, and then a minivan over to Koh Sdach. This costs $10, or 2 x $5 payable to each driver.
If you’re looking for a more comfortable ride, private cars are available to pick you up at your hotel at anytime. The car costs approximately $100, and takes 3-4 hours to arrive at Koh Sdach.
Transport From Siem Reap
To get to Koh Sdach from Siem Reap requires you to travel to Phnom Penh first and then follow the instructions above for departing there, leaving from the Mondial Centre at 8:00 am. It is possible to get a night bus from SIem Reap, leaving between 11:00 pm – 12:00 am depending on the company. We recommend the Giant Ibis as having the best track record for being on-time, safe and confortable.
Giant Ibis Phone number: +855 (0) 96 999 3333
Transport From Kampot
Private minivans leave from the Kampot Bus Station (Street 33) at 8 am only. The ride usually takes 4-5 hours to arrive, and may be broken up into two minivans, the first over to the town Veal Rinh, and then a second to Koh Sdach. This costs $10 (or 2 x $5 if split) payable to each driver.
If you’re looking for a more comfortable ride, private cars are available to pick you up at your hotel at anytime. The car costs approx. $80-90, and takes 4-5h to arrive at Koh Sdach.
Transport From Koh Kong
Shared cars and mini-vans depart from anywhere between 8 and 11 am. These can be booked at tourist offices and most hotels in and around Koh Kong town. The route is quite scenic, with a lot of jungle and a small mountainous ranges. The bus usually stops at one small roadside restaurant for a meal. The ride usually takes 3-4 hours, and costs $7.50 - $10.