Look out the window

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:

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We think this is sugar cane.

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Statue in a traffic circle

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Why was this wall left standing?

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Loved catching the dad hugging his son.

Loved catching the dad hugging his son.

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Harvesting rice

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Raking the rice harvest.

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Monks’ laundry hung out to dry.

Arriving in Siem Reap one hour late, we agreed that our seven-hour bus ride had been the right choice for us.

December 2013

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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11 Responses to Look out the window

  1. Sometimes things are meant to turn out well. I like bus travel, because I can look over people’s fences!

  2. Bernice Rowe says:

    some of us call that good karma!

  3. I’ve heard the roads are actually a lot better than they used to be, making the bus a much more attractive option. Although I would have taken the boat. Each to their own 🙂 .

  4. gkm2011 says:

    Fascinating! I hope you like Siem Reap. Have the Cambodian hot pot!

  5. Beth, You always have such a positive attitude about your adventures. Great shots and looks like the day was worth the long drive.

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