PP to SR by boat | day trips on the river

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Re: PP to SR by boat | day trips on the river

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Soi Dog wrote:
StroppyChops wrote:Thanks SD. Trying to decide if it's one of those things you just have to do once for the experience. We had a trip through a storm in a jet boat out to Phi Phi Island that literally nearly killed us but I don't think either of us regret it. We also took the sleeper train from Hanoi to Danang, but that's a whole other story.
I forgot one...take that boat trip when the Tonle Sap is at its low levels and add 3 hours to the trip, as the boatman slowly navigates the shallows.
So... August?
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StroppyChops wrote:
Soi Dog wrote:
StroppyChops wrote:Thanks SD. Trying to decide if it's one of those things you just have to do once for the experience. We had a trip through a storm in a jet boat out to Phi Phi Island that literally nearly killed us but I don't think either of us regret it. We also took the sleeper train from Hanoi to Danang, but that's a whole other story.
I forgot one...take that boat trip when the Tonle Sap is at its low levels and add 3 hours to the trip, as the boatman slowly navigates the shallows.
So... August?
I would say sometime after the rainy season stops (calmer water) and before the 3 dryest months. So November to January is optimal, I think.
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Cheers. We're meeting some Aussie friends in SR in August and trying to find an interesting way to get there. Personally I hate long bus rides after crossing Australia on Greyhound as a teenager, and flights seem stupidly expensive for such a short trip.
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Soi Dog wrote:It's a satisfactory trip at best in ideal conditions. Five potential problems:

1) The boat is packed full and everyone has lots of bags on the roof, forcing some people to stay inside the whole trip.

2) The weather turns to shit and you are forced inside the boat with the mass of people, 3 to each bench seat that can barely hold two.

3) The seas get rough and its stuffy, humid and smelly inside with BO and diesel engine fumes, and then people start to get seasick and puke into the little black bags. Floating vomitorium with nowhere to hide.

4) The boats I have been on have been absolutely crawling with cockroaches. Not a few. Many thousands. This was mostly on the Koh Kong to SHV trips (back when the boat was the only option), but they were on the PP to SR trip too.

5) Twice I have been on those boats when the engines failed. Can add 4+ miserable hours to your already long trip.
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