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Siem Reap to Battambang

Posted by steviej on 1/12/2006 at 02:05

Hi all,

Does anybody know the latest on the ferry from SR to Battambang. We're gonna be there during the dry season and we're expecting a slow slow ride if we decide to take the plunge (as it were).

I've seen something on one website that seems to indicate there is a new(ish) safer bet. But I can't find details anywhere else................

chill
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Posted by somtam2000 on 1/12/2006 at 22:14 admin

Hi Steviej,

Tales of Asia has stacks of info on this route, but the "back of the cornflakes box summary" is:
dry season: expect to run aground a few times, you will reach your destination eventually, though your boat may sink.
wet season: loads of bird life, fairly smooth sailing, probably won't run aground....

Post a link to the new info you've dug up - sounds interesting.

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Posted by steviej on 2/12/2006 at 02:23

Alright Stuart,

Well, after some extensive searching for the "New Service", I finally found it floating around cyberspace. It turns out the info was posted on a forum back in 2004.

Initially the OP was searching for answers for the Battambang-SR ferries and somebody else reckoned on a "New Service" that ran every other day...............
.............Unfortunately it was for a Phnom Penh to Siem Reap ferry!! :-O

Oh well...................

Looks like we'll be packing/sealing our rucksacks in bin bags and wearing water wings......... ;-)

Chill
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Posted by rithsvay on 4/12/2006 at 19:51

Stevie,

The boat from SR to battambang is a beauty, in the mornig at 07.00 they are leaving.
Now December its no problem till february it takes about 3-5 hours, than the water is to low. From July it starts again.
The rain season is from end June till Ocktober
The dry season is from November till the end of June

Good luck
Rith

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Posted by steviej on 5/12/2006 at 00:29

Hi Rith,

Cheers for that. It's gonna be the beginning of April when we're there so I'm expecting a long ride but HEY, that's part of the adventure.............. ;-)

chill

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Posted by JoHe59 on 14/12/2006 at 20:55

Hi Rithsvay,
I'm also planning to travel Cambodia in April. Do you mean by "the water is too low" that the boat is not running at all, or that it's more dangerous and that it will take you the whole day to get to Battambang?

Does anybody know if the boat from SR to PP is interesting enough to take or is the bus -which is faster- better?
Thanks,
Johan

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Posted by somtam2000 on 14/12/2006 at 23:17 admin

Hi Johan,

When the water is low the boat to Battambang still runs but tend to run aground a lot -- the trip can take anywhere upto and over ten hours that time of year.

Re the SR to PP trip, the start and the finish are interesting, but the middle part is pretty boring -- just water, water and more water. The bus is faster.

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