Currently there is a single train a day departing from Phnom Penh to Takeo on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday only. The journey to Takeo is short taking around 2 hours. On Fridays the train to Takeo departs from Phnom Penh at 15.00. On Saturdays and Sundays the train departs at 07.00 from Phnom Penh and is scheduled to arrive in Takeo at 09.00.
At the time of writing there are air-conditioned and non air-conditioned carriages on the trains. Both seat types cost the same. A seat number is printed on the train tickets, however, the reports we have heard are that the seat numbers correspond poorly with the actual seat number and on the train, and that the train staff are directing people to sit in any vacant seat. At the present time this weekend train is rarely more than half full so the seat allocation issue is unlikely to cause any problems.
Takeo is a great place to visit for its rural scenery and ancient temple. Takeo is a long way off the ‘beaten track’ and relatively few foreign tourists take advantage of the rich cultural heritage waiting to be experienced in this fascinating corner of Cambodia. Takeo is most famous for Ta Prohm Temple which was used as a set in the Hollywood Film Tomb Raider.