We made this trip from Battambang to Siem Reap in January. Our hotel in Battambang booked and collected our tickets the day before we wanted to travel and also provided a tuk tuk transfer to the boat. They made a packed breakfast for us to have on the boat as the boat leaves Battambang at 7am thereabouts.
There appear to be several boats used for the journey depending on the number of people wanting to travel on a given day, there were two used on the day we travelled. The boat we were on was comfortable with two seats either side of the aisle facing forward and it had a toilet at the back. Although only small it was quite roomy as not every seat was taken as a lot of people chose to travel sitting on the roof. It is wise to take some refreshments with you as the boat has no drinks or snacks on board. The boat does stop for a short time at one of the floating villages where you can buy snacks and drinks.
We enjoyed every minute of the eight hours it took. There was always plenty to see as the boat made its way past villages on land, stilts and floating on the water. Boats constantly passed us with people going about their everyday lives and we saw lots of fishermen some using huge nets. There were plenty of birds to see as well.
If you do the journey from Battambang to Siem Reap you need to be aware boats land at different locations depending on the level of the water. We arranged a transfer with our hotel in Siem Reap to pick us up from the lake. The locals know where the boats will be landing each day so there are plenty of tuk tuk drivers touting for business to take people into Siem Reap from wherever the boats land.
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