Boats running OK just now. Generally as the water level continues to fall throughout the dry season the boat becomes a trickier option as it can (and does from time to time) get stuck on a sandbank. Usually for people who really want to travel by the boat I try to disuade them for this reason after around end January/mid February
Thanks for the info, folks.
I hope to do it in the first half of December, so hopefully water levels will be okay at that time. It is not necessary to wade through water/mud to get to the boat, is it?
Sounds like it is a worthwhile journey, despite the high fare. But as you all know, we don't always pay the cost of production for things - an object or service is worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it.
Vegasmike, did I enter my age somewhere on this board? I must have. Either that or you used ESP to figure it out.
Hello! I did the express boat trip the day before yesterday and it was easy and painless, and yes, it is still running and the water levels seemed high. There were other boats there which were unofficial which were completely overloaded, so make sure you are sold tickets for the right boat. It leaves at 7am and we arrived at about 12.30. I was told that ideally you need to book boat tickets one day before travel as they can get booked up. Some people on the boat got their tickets for $23 from their guesthouses who also arranged a minibus for $1 per person. We paid $25 for our ticket via an agent. There is some lovely river scenery at the Phomn Penh and Siem Reap ends, but for the middle few hours you can't see any land at all.
If you are interested, I stayed in Popular Guest House near the old market in Siem Reap (which was excellent-really clean and spacious - $7 for fan room) and Diamond's Guest House in Phnom Penh (str 13, Sangkat) which was also pretty good, cost $5 and is walkable in 10 mins or so from the boat. Some friends stayed near the lake in Phnom Penh and weren't too impressed. Said it was quite drab and far away from the centre. Depends what you are looking for though..
i suggest you to go by bus, it is cheaper (much cheaper I paid $4 in July this year)it is very safe and you won't get seasick. Plus it stops at some interesting villages. But Hey, it's up to you.
Good luck and enjoy the wonderful Cambodia.
I just wanted to ask you guys for the carrier of the boat that travels between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and if you have contact information for any of them? Same with the buslines, please
I'm hoping to go to Angkor Wat soon, and any information will be very much appreciated.