Onwards and Upwards (north, that is) in Cambodia
Trip Start Dec 03, 2005
52Trip End Jun 20, 2006
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The idea of the fast boat was that it claims to be 5 hrs, whilst the bus states 7 hrs. However common to all this region of Asia, with buses you can be sure they will actually depart 1 hr later than they quote, usually after lots of local pick-ups at guest houses, and what seems an extraordinary amount of paperwork to return to the tour office before they are on their way - allow another hour for god knows what reason, it just does, sometimes even more extra travelling time. The Boat was an early 6.30 pickup, but in true Camodian/east Asian style, it didn't leave exactly on schedule either - at least, however, it made no stops and we did in fact get to the guest house by 12.30. This is the normal high sun part of the day when visitors would find it too hot anyway to trek round the temples. So I would get the most of the 3 day, $40 pass, ie 1/2 on Mon (my arrival),full day Tues, and morning of Wed, since I then established that the latest return bus was at 12 noon.(+ usual delayed departure, overlong stops etc. etc!)