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Phnom Phen to Siem Reap and Around

The boat to Siem Reap leaves at 7:30 AM. So up at 6:00, a quick cup of coffee and a short ride to the boat dock on the Tonle Sap River. The dock is just before the Tonle Sap joins the Mekong River. The trip to Siem Reap is around 300 kms and takes around 7 hours. Most of the trip is on the River with probably the last third on the lake. The boat is long and narrow, it sort of looks like a submarine. It is fully enclosed but it is possible to walk around the perimeter and sit on the roof. It is fast and noisy.

While on the river there is lots of boat traffic, people fishing and living on the water. The lake is huge and once on it there is no land in sight. When close to Siem Reap there are floating villages.

The boat dock is about 10kms from Siem Reap. The city is somewhat "glitsey " and quite a contrast to what I have seen in the rest of the country. There is a huge tourist presence due to its proximity to the Angkor archeology sites. I suspect this tourist destination is probably one of the main contributions to the Cambodian economy. There is an active night life that is hard to avoid. I stayed at the S Hotel which is one block from "Pub" street.

I bought a pass to visit Angkor Watt and the other sites and spent a few days riding around and looking at things. The area is nicely forested and what I enjoyed the most is the ride to and around the sites.It covers a large area and both days put on at least 30 kms just looking around. People watching was a big part of it, hoards of tourists. Having visited Bagan in Myanmar last year I did not find the actual structures that remarkable, but by the number of people here it apears a lot of folks have a different opinion.

I purchased a ticket to take the boat to Battambang tomorrow.

Posted by wwrobinson 23:40

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