All roads in Battambang city center have been under water in recent days
The flooding in Cambodia has now spread to 17 provinces and has claimed the lives of at least 83 people. Continued bad weather is expected for another week. The government have reacted by cancelling the Water Festival celebrations from 16-18 November, for the third year running.
Battambang, Cambodia’s 2nd city, is experiencing its first flooding for many years and one of the most popular hotels, Bambu Hotel is currently out of action due to flooding problems. Water levels in the city center are covering all roads and outlying districts making access to sites like Ek Phnom, Phnom Banan and Phnom Sampoeu, as well as the bamboo train, not possible at this time. The road that links Phnom Penh to Battambang is also experiencing flooding for the second half of the route from Pursat to Battambang. The journey is not recommended until the water levels recede.
Kompong Thom, along the main highway from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, is having flooding problems in outlying districts, with the Sambor Prei Kuk Temple complex currently inaccessible to visitors. The Sambor Village Hotel is also closed due to flooding.
Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temples, is having some flooding problems, particularly the road to the airport from the city and the road to the Chong Kneas floating village. At the moment these roads are still passable. There has been some minor flooding near the Angkor Wat temple as well, though nothing that should halt any visits.
An update on the Phnom Penh to Siem Reap journey: National Highway 6A between Phnom Penh and Skun (Spiderville) is undergoing major reconstruction and most drivers are currently travelling via NH5 and the Prek Kdam Bridge to avoid the first 47km of this route. From Skun to Kompong Thom is very potholed and progress can be slow. From Kompong Thom to Siem Reap, the road is generally still in excellent condition but parts of the road is experiencing minor flooding. It now takes around up to five hours from Phnom Penh to Kompong Thom and around two hours from Kompong Thom to Siem Reap. So the total journey time from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap is around seven hours depending on the traffic situation. While current road conditions prevail, it may be advisable for travellers to consider flying from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap to save time and avoid discomfort. However, heavy rainfall in the capital Phnom Penh, has left the roads leading to the city’s main airport under water and considerably longer travelling times.