Ok - - Everything started innocently enough.
I arrived at 7AM as planned and saw a crowd of people waiting on the pier.
Unfortunately, the boat proved a little too popular. The entire bottom section (which does not have seats but rather two hard benches placed opposite each other) filled up before I even got on the boat. This might have been for the better as standing and any free movement was all but impossible in the seating area.
Rather than getting another boat to accommodate excess people, everyone was jammed onto this one. They did not have enough life jackets and the boat gyrated wildly the entire time and all in all appeared horribly unsafe in every way. I for one took a seat on the bow for most of the trip. Not a bad location if Cambodia was not perpetually 98 degrees (37 C)
Basically, the entire affair was a cattle car. The windows were comically small and from the formal seating it was impossible to see much of the scenery (which is beautiful as I saw it on the bow)
Because of so many extra people, the boat went extra slow and was further weighed down by our masses. It periodically became stuck in the shallow water and needed to be plied out.
As a result of this, our arrival time of around 2PM - - - was past 7PM (total traveling time of 12 hours). When we finally arrived in Siem Reap, I departed a fetid, sweltering death hole that I would not wish on my worst enemy. This boat should be avoided like the plague.
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