One of my favorite things to do in a foreign land is to try out the different softdrinks available. However, this is not what this post is about. This entry lists my adventure going from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia via bus as part of this backpacking trip.
One early morning of December 2007, a day after I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, I boarded a bus bound to Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is a 2-part trip. The first bus took us to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This leg takes about 4 hours going to the Cambodian capital.
The bus wasn't full. In fact we're only 3 passengers that time!
One thing I like about Vietnam and Cambodia is that major roads usually have their own bike lanes so that they won't congest the lanes for the bigger vehicles.
This is me taken at a gasoline station when the bus stopped for fuel refilling.
This is how a bus looked like, typical everyday bus with a small comfort room at the rear end.
We reached the border in less than an hour in Moc Bai, Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam. This will be our exit gate from Vietnam and crossing forward, it will take us to Cambodia.
We waited for about 30 minutes. It was our driver who processed the papers for our exit in Vietnam.
Right across the Vietnamese border is the Cambodian border. We boarded the bus again and inless tha a minute we are already in Cambodia. The border is located in Bavet, Svay Rieng, Cambodia.
Unlike in Vietnam, in Cambodia we stayed in our bus until we were given a go signal by an immigration officer that we are all cleared.
near the Cambodian border are a few Casino houses
So we are now officially inside Cambodia. The trip continued further towards Phnom Penh.
It was a very pleasant day trip. Comfortable bus, beautiful scenery and lovely places!
There was a part of the trip where the bus have to cross the river. We waited for some time because there was a long line of vehicles ahead of us waiting for their turn.
It was a busy place. For those who are hungry, there are vendors who can serve your stomach needs.
After about half an hour waiting, we got our turn and our bus boarded the ferry together with the other vehicles behind us for a 15-minute crossing.
After we got off the ferry, the trip continued towards Phnom Penh.
We also experienced bad traffic because roads were being constructed.
Around lunch time we reached the city of Phnom Penh. It is very similar to provinces in the Philippines and in some parts even our capital Manila.
houses and shanties by the river
We got to the bus station just in time. We need to transfer buses and hurry because it is about to leave. We must have been stucked long in the traffic because we are supposed to get at least an hour leeway for lunch eating.
We boarded another bus in Phnom Penh, this time going to Siem Reap. It was the 2nd leg of the trip and took us about another 4 hours.
2 hours after, we had a stopover in a restaurant. By this time I haven't had my lunch yet and decided to come down to eat.
Looking at the streetfood, I tried to look for something edible. However I decided not to eat and lost my appetite when I saw what they were serving. Are they insects?
Past 6 in the evening we reached the Siem Reap bus terminal. It was very chaotic and to go to my hotel, I need to ride a motorcycle which charged me for 1 USD.
In Siem Reap, I stayd in City River Hotel. A decent but cheap place perfect for budget travellers.
So this is my room, clean, quite spacious and comfortable for a cheap price of about 27 USD a night.
This is the backpack I have been carrying all this time. It contains my laptop, camera gear, and some clothes. This is the only bag I had for 5 days.
Because it was still early evening, I walked around the nearby places looking for something to do. Right in front of my hotel is a river.
I also passed by another guesthouse but that's about it.
It seems that there are not a lot of things to do in the area. I also saw some salons, parlors and restaurants. Because I haven't eaten lunch yet, I decided to eat dinner in Restaurant 89.
This is what I had for dinner, grilled beef of some sort, vegetables and rice.
It was still early when I finished dinner but I was so exhausted and decided to take a rest and stay in my room for the rest of the night and get ready for my adventure the next day.
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