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"This should not only be..." Cambodia Tourist Trap Tip by BorderHopper

Cambodia Tourist Traps: 41 reviews and 27 photos


This should not only be catergorized under 'tourist traps' but it should also go under 'warnings and dangers'! The fast boat service from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap is expensive at $22 a head for foreigners, it is extremly overcrowded, and you'll depart the boat nearly deaf if you sit in the wrong area.
The trip from Phnom Penh, up the Tonle Sap, to Siem Reap was far from pleasant other than some great views of life along the river & lake. We just happened to be at the rear of the boat, situated right next to the huge twin diesel engines. The roar of the motors was deafining and the heat they generated made it all the more miserable. For six hours I could hear nothing! It was extremly hard to enjoy the river scenery when all I could do is worry about falling over the side of the overcrowded boat. There are no life jackets provided, and you are only inches from the railing....some sections don't have any railing. The top of the boat is packed over its capacity with other tourists. It's more than just a tourist trap it can be a death trap. Would I do it again? The answer is yes because it's cheaper than flying and it's safer than taking the road.

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  • Updated Aug 25, 2002
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