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Boat Ride from Siem Reap to Battambang, Cambodia

By Sonyaandtravis @sonyaandtravis

After four days exploring the Angkor region, we were quite templed out, the idea of a ferry from Siem Reap to Battambang was a welcome change. A shared bus picked us up early in the morning, and did a round collecting tourists till the bus was full, and dropped us off at a small tributary entering the Tonle Sap Lake. The dryer season meant that the boat had to start a lot closer to the lake than normal, with the bus covering initially following the shallow tributary. The boat was a colourfully painted wooden boat, with a very loud engine, do not sit at the back.

During the boat journey we came across a lot of interesting birds, animals and of course the local floating villages. Amazing to see how people lived on the Tonle Sap Lake. After seven hours we reached Battambang and greeted by comical taxi drivers on the shore all after our business.

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Wooden colourful tour boat
Fisherman about to cast his net
Boat on one of the tributaries feeding into Tonle Sap Lake

Man paddling wooden boat
Mother and daughter on wooden canoe
Floating houses on Tonle Sap tributary

Floating school on Tonle Sap tributary
Young boy and woman on boat
Floating villages on Stoeng Sangke river

Motor boat on Stoeng Sangke river
Monk in traditional orange on Stoeng Sangke river
Floating villages on Stoeng Sangke river

Elevated home on Stoeng Sangke river
Boats on Stoeng Sangke river
Man with fishing nets on Stoeng Sangke river

Lush vegetation along Stoeng Sangke river
Floating home on Stoeng Sangke river
Waving children on a wooden boat

Fishing boats with large nets that pickup fish that have swum over the nets
Floating villages of Phum Bak Prea
Our boat's driver

Children playing on the banks of Stoeng Sangke river
Children waving along the Sangker River
Reflection of palm trees on Sangker River

Reflection of the sun on Sangker River
Plenty of taxi drivers trying to get business on arrival to Battambang

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