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Siem Reap Tourism

Posted on 13 February 2012 by brett

Battambang to Siem Reap Boat

Slow boat from Battambang to Siem Reap
Our 9 hour river boat journey from Battambang to Siem Reap began at 6am. A bus would have taken 3 1/2 hours and cost 1/3 the price, but hey….. we have to see the floating village people, right? The boat was a mix of western tourists and locals transporting rice and other vegetables and goods. Travel time was split between local pit stops to drop off cargo, villager photo shoot opportunities, and smooth cruisin’ down the Tonle Sap River. One highlight was sitting on the top deck inhaling the full riverside experience as children screamed, “hello, hello” waving and wondering why these crazy white tourists were snapping pictures. During stops, villagers would pull up on a small canoe and pick up locals from our boat. We managed to grab a quick bite to eat about halfway through…. where Christie discovered the toilet was a cut-out hole in the floor leading straight down into the river. This was especially odd considering the amount of bathing that takes place nearby. Continue Reading

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Battambang, Cambodia

Posted on 09 February 2012 by brett

Photo fun with Cambodian kids

We have finally made it to Cambodia after a surprisingly easy border crossing through Eastern Thailand to our destination of Battambang. The name Battambang was initially the big attraction since it’s the name of our favorite Cambodian restaurant in Oakland, California. The small french colonial town has been a wonderful introduction to Cambodia. We are very happy we made the trip here as it gets missed by most travelers who head straight to Siem Reap. The Cambodian people are quite lovely and the children are incredibly adorable. Cambodia is surprisingly refreshing and we are enjoying it much more than we thought. The US dollar rules the street and you can use local “Riel” currency for small items if needed. $1 = 4,000 Riel Continue Reading

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