We admit we didn’t like any of our options for getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Cambodia: bus, boat, or plane.
The bus offered a long 6-hour ride on a bumpy road. The claustrophobic boat ride could be unpredictable depending on river levels, took almost as long as the bus, and cost slightly more. For an astronomical price we could fly. We had to make a choice. We reserved two seats on the Giant Ibis bus, $13/each.
We dreaded the ride and steeled ourselves for a long and unpleasant day. Instead, because we reserved early, we got seats right behind and above the bus driver that gave us a perfect view forward and to our left, and, thus, the bus ride turned into an interesting one-day photo shoot:
Arriving in Siem Reap one hour late, we agreed that our seven-hour bus ride had been the right choice for us.