Phnom Penh > Siem Reap overland

Trip Start Feb 17, 2007
Trip End Apr 13, 2012

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Flag of Cambodia  , Kâmpóng Thum,
Saturday, May 12, 2007

Sous a day,

Most of my tours fly between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.  I think most tourists take the same route.  The flight is fast and gives a good aerial view of Ton Le Sap Lake.

On one tour, though, we got bumped.  So that meant taking a six hour bus ride instead.  I was a little nervous about telling my passengers.  Back in America, most transportation is only Point A > Point B.  In the end, though, I was surprised to find out most of my group ENJOYED the trip overland.  They said it gave them a great look at Cambodian culture that they wouldn't have seen otherwise.

85% of Cambodia's population is rural.  Their vocations are primarily farming and fishing.  The irony about flying in and out of the country is that you miss the culture.

My company received a lot of positive feedback about the bus ride from PP > SR.  The following year they changed some itineraries to include the bus ride instead.  Again, the majority of passengers liked the change.  So now some of my tours make the trip in two days, with an overnight in Kampong Thom.

One of my friends works at the hotel we use in Siem Reap.  He moved there from the country to make a better living.  He likes it.  But his brother decided to stay home.  I asked why.  The family is poor there, yes.  But his brother is happy.  He doesn't have the same concerns:  paying for rent/utilities, getting groceries, maintaining the motorcycle, etc.  His family has enough and their lifestyle is enjoyable.  Some Cambodians are moving to the big city for a better standard of living.  But for many others, like my friend's brother, the quality of life is more important.


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