SOUTH EAST ASIA 2013
Bus transfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

All photos © Ruud Leeuw

 

 

Coachride Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Our transfer by airconditioned coach from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.

I had booked this bustransfer before starting out on this vacation, since it tends to be fully booked if you leave it too close to the date of intended travel. Departure is from a central bus depot in Phnom Penh to a busstation in the outskirts of Siem Reap.

Upon our departure all passengers were issued with a lunchbox, containing 2 pastries and a small bottle of water. The seats were comfortable enough and leg space fitted the bulk of the average Western tourist.
There was one drawback: the entertainment on the tv screen featured at first hours of Western music with elevator-type music (Cambodian renditions of Let It Be, etc) while Asian beauties frolicked laughingly (but without sound of their own) in crashing waves of the sea, staring in the distance from a boat, etc.
But it got worse, a lot worse.
Because then we had hours of Cambodian popular (?) music while people in a studio were filmed dancing of sorts (sometimes only turning their hands at their wrists, all the while smiling their beautific, enlightened smiles).
Think Top of the Pops 1960s, young people with geriatric movements. And quite the most abhorent music.
Bring your headphones and your own music!
The drive took a little over six hours, with one 30 minute stop half way, at a very local restaurant of sorts. The bathroom was ok.

Most of the road was in good condition and we suffered no hardship.
Below you'll see some of the sights I saw while speeding past.

 

 

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
A temple in the outskirts of Phnom Penh, obviously not frequented by tourists (yet).

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Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Soon we were to witness the rural area around Phnom Penh.

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Houses on stilts. With an advertisement aimed at whom?

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
For rent. You'll have to cross that rickety bridge, though.

 

 

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem ReapChanging from Highway NH5 to Highway NH6, not far out of PP, crossing a bridge over the Tonlé Sap River.
 

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Drying what exactly..?

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
If you'd expected a jungle here: that is long gone. Most likely the logging rights made someone rich quickly.

 

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
The highway had a good black top, but side streets were mainly dirt roads.

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
An endearing sight: a mother hugging her child. Lucky shot and very pleased with it.

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
A child sharing her views enthusiastically; she drinks from a plastic bag with a straw, you see that a lot.

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Just another glimpse from a bus passing.

 
Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Someone is busy recycling plactic. Glad he isn't my neighbour though!
 

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
There was a traffic jam and we left the highway for a dusty dirt road. Don't know why, perhaps a collision happened or a lorry had lost its load. We were in for a few bumpy miles.

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
We passed through a very arid countryside, devoid of people and animals.

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
We passed through this gate, back onto highway NH6.
There was a steward on board who at times volunteered information on Cambodia, our arrival in Siem Reap, but not a word about the reason for this detour.
Nagging curiosity.

 

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Passing through a village with some greenery. Their main industry is obvious.

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Someone has to get on with his work!

 

Coachtransfer Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
A gated community.
We were nearing Siem Reap, which in general has a nice, wooded countryside.

Upon arrival at the Siem Reap busstation, a tuk-tuk took us into town to our hotel (fare: US$ 4,-)

 

 

 

BANGKOK 3-2013, a start
PHNOM PENH, CAPITAL OF CAMBODIA
ROYAL PALACE & SILVER PAGODA
STREETS of PHNOM PENH
CAMBODIA'S KILLING FIELDS

SIEM REAP, A LOOK AROUND TOWN
DAY 1 AT THE ANGKOR TEMPLES
DAY 2 AT THE ANGKOR TEMPLES
DAY 3 AT THE ANGKOR TEMPLES
CHONG KHNEAS FLOATING VILLAGE (TONLÉ SAP LAKE)
KOMPONG PHLUK FLOATING VILLAGE (TONLÉ SAP LAKE)
LUANG PRABANG (LAOS) CITY
LUANG PRABANG EXCURSIONS
BANGKOK 3-2013, the end
map of Cambodia

 


 

 

 

Page compiled/updated: 04-May-2013 / 15-Jan-2016