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Angkor Express Boat
Ranked #16 of 54 things to do in Battambang
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

......despite having paid $28 each for the trip.
Our 6am pick up arrived at 6.40, drove round town, filling up, for nearly an hour. Then we were told to transfer to a dilapidated bus already packed with people and luggage. Some complied, some decided to pay $5 for a tuctuc to the port. We decided the overloaded bus equalled an overloaded boat plus we don't like being bullied,
Paid another $8 each for the bus which left at 7.45, arrived at 1, allocated seats and some spaces. We should have listened to Lonely Planet
and Trip Advisor!

3  Thank HaleSurrey_England
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

We did Siem Reap -Battabang in Jan 2014. The trip is very nice, you see all villages along the way, and they are all different. The channel is really something..... but.....the ride is long (from 9 am arrived at 18), boat is not confortable and you could be cold or hot (depending on the season), boat can be averloaded depending on tickets sold by the different agencies.
We did the trip with all seats full, related luggage of everybody on the ground (making mission impossible to reach the toilet) and roof full of people.
We had few moments of panic (risk of overturn), we had another boat half way of the trip to split the people.
If possible, I would suggest the other way around, I believe less tourist are doing it.
We paid 22$ pp in Siem Reap (I believe also 20 $ is possible).

3  Thank ricciaitalia
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

We went to Battambang just to take this boat trip and see the villages along the river. I would like to make a few points which might help you decide whether you wish to make this trip.The villages along the river are very interesting. You can see inside the small houses and see how the people live. Plus you can see how they fish and play.
We went from SR to Battambang on February 7. It took eight hours because the river is so low. It will take at least that long from here until the rainy season. The boat is not comfortable, with one row of seats on each side. It is very hot and one side of the boat is always in the sun. There are covers on each side which can be lowered, but, since most of the people came to see the villages, there will be a lot of complaints if you block their view. The first hour of the trip is on the lake, where you are more than a mile from shore. By our count there were enough life jackets for half of the people. There is no food or water on the boat. It stops once at a place we would not consider eating at. The toilet is a a squat toilet which drains directly in the water. The boat leaves at 8:30 but the hotel told us it left at 7:00. There was a lot of waiting. When you get off the boat at Battambang, there is a steep set of stairs, much of which has no railings.
There is one other concern. The boat was completely full with every seat taken. Some of the passengers climbed up on the roof of the boat when we approached the first village. They did not realize that we would be picking up Camobdians along the way. As the Cambodians came in, they took the seats of the the people on the roof. This left them the option of spending eight hours in the direct sun or sitting on little stools in the middle of the boat.
We really enjoyed the first four hours or so of the trip. After that, it got a little tedious. By the time the boat reached Battabamg, we were very anxious to get off.

6  Thank jimandcarolstravels
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

This boat should not be running,particularly in the dry season.we paid 24dollars(yes ripped off again!)was told it would leave at 7am but didnt until 8.30,the 6hour trip took 8hours.The reason for this being that the boat was too big and too heavy(overloaded!)for the small waterways,we bottomed out many times,the wake following the boat was like a small tida lwave making the house boats roll violently,the fishermen in the water checking their pots had the water going over their heads and small children were quickly ushered to the bank before the wave took them in.Locals were throwing rocks at the boat,and i can fully understand why!During this trip we were not offered any water or food even though they had said we would be when i asked the hotel to call and check.There are smaller boats making this trip and we all wished we had gone to the dock ourselves and caught one of these more slow considerate boats,Im sure it could not have cost much more than the 48dollars we paid for two people.It was nice to see the local people in there lovely house boats but very distressing to see the problems we were causing them!

1  Thank Michelle T
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Apparently there are still questions about this journey. Here are our answers, from a Siem Reap - Battambang trip on 7 January:
1. Is this trip safe? No.That a boat flat enough for this river with a makeshift roof plus 40 people on top is unstable should come to no suprise. The boat tilted repeatedly to the point where the windows touched under the waterline and water came inside. That branches of mangrove forest occasionally swing back inside, that the sun is burning those sitting on top, and that you and your stuff risk getting wet was, for us, of relatively less concern. As a caveat: Others were less worried, and perhaps the second boat is in better condition. And a tuk-tuk driver at Battambang Pier gave his view as "Yes, I think its safe. It arrives everyday."
2. Is this trip scenic? Yes. After an hour of mangrove forest and crossing the lake, the next hours go through floating villages that drew a lot of photographic attention. The last two hours, meandering up the narrower and dryer upstream part of the river, are more difficult, and perhaps less interesting.
3. How long does the trip take? We left at around 8.30am and arrived around 3.30pm, including an hour lunch break. WIth less water upstream, it may take a lot longer, however.
4. Does the boat help or annoy the locals? Depends on who you ask. Some locals that join en route during the first hours obviously benefit. Boat dwellers who see their fishnets displaced, or capsize from the waves of a boat that is ultimately too big for the dryer upstream part might be less happy.

7  Thank tobyblues
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