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interesting spots between from Siem Reap & Phnom Penh

Posted by virusvaleria on 16/7/2009 at 10:33

Looking to get some tips on unmissable places between Siem Reap & Phnom Penh.
Any suggestion is very welcome! thanks guys!

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Posted by BruceMoon on 16/7/2009 at 11:45


The terrain is flat, the road is largely forgettable, and so I can't think of any natural / environmental "unmissable places".

However, at a town called Skuon locals eat deep fried spiders supposedly as their delicacy. Most buses stop at Skuon on their way to SR, so you'll probably get your chance to eat a novelty.

I got the feeling that under Pol Pot, yes, spiders were eaten. And, in this rather impoverished region, spiders do still get eaten. But, I suspect the demand by western tourists for deep fried spiders far outweighs the local consumption.

The issue of deep fried spiders needs also to be put into the broader context of what is food in SE Asia.

Elsewhere in SE Asia, whatever you can think of that is once alive appears somewhere on a menu.


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Posted by busylizzy on 16/7/2009 at 12:32

I rode the bus between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh (approx 5-6 hours), and we had a 1/2 hour stop in one town (possibly Skuon, as mentioned by Bruce). My sister slept on the bus, but I was glued to the window. I just loved watching the locals getting on with their business, looking at the interesting house styles along the way, the kids on their bikes, the chillis drying in the sun, etc. I didn't find it a boring trip at all....

Now if they would only turn off those damn DVD's on the bus!! (I plugged my iPod in and used the opportunity to listen to some language podcasts).

Hmmmmm... missed the spiders, but saw lots of deep fried cockroaches and other nasties in Chiang Mai!

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Posted by virusvaleria on 16/7/2009 at 13:40

oh yeah Bruce, bangkok its a major critters fest!!
Who Has never had the appetite for a fat deep fried cockroach or a few of them crickets?? *sarcastic*


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Posted by Lawoat on 16/7/2009 at 16:02

Can you not stop at Battambang...I think that's between Siem Reap and PP.

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Posted by aard on 17/7/2009 at 05:01

I love busylizzy's description of the trip between LP and SR. Does anyone know anything about the boat trip between these 2 places?

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Posted by BruceMoon on 17/7/2009 at 12:26


Yes, getting a tix to Battambang is 'doable', stay at Battambang, then get a tix to SR.


There are 2 boat journey's. One is a day boat on a very fast boat (looks like an ex-police boat): costs US$155. The other is in a luxury live-on boat over several days: costs a lot more, I don't know the price.

For details, go to:

At the moment, the 1 day ($155) boat isn't showing any departures. I don't know the reason.


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