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Siem Reap & Taking Out the Local Fishermen

Posted on: March 20, 2009

Wednesday we were on the move again, this time by boat. It was a seven hour trip on our own little boat up river to Siem Reap.

boat to siem reap

Although the boat was small, having it to ourselves was amazing and its such a nicer way to travel than by bus. Especially as this meant that we could sit on the deck and the roof of the boat to work on our tans.

Lazing on the front of the boat and listening to my ipod as we went passed floating villages I started to notice that we were heading towards one of the small fishing boats.

fishing boat

Initially I wasnt too worried as every form of transport in Asia appears to play chicken with each other and jut using their horn to tell people to get out of the way.

As we got closer and closer it quickly became clear that the captain of the boat hadnt noticed the fishing boat and we were heading straight for him.

The realisation of this seemed to hit me and the guy on the fishing boat at the same time and as we caught each others eye simultaneously jumped – him off his boat into the water and me back into the cabin as our boat ploughed straight over his.

Fortunately the guy was ok apart from a bit of shock, but more surprisingly so was his boat which only lost the wooden panelling from the top.

It was one of the most surreal things I’d ever seen but the local fishermen were generally non-pulsed about the whole thing as if it happened everyday (I asked and this wasnt the case).

The rest of the boat trip was comparitivelty uneventful. Arriving in Siem Reap later that day I instantly fell in love with the place as it is absolutely gorgeous and what I had hoped Cambodia would be like.


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