Gilligan’s Reprise

Boat from Siem Reap to Battambang

I’ve not had good luck with water transportation on this trip. It all started out innocently enough.

heading out of the river toward Tonle Sap lake
Thick water hyacinths make for tough going.
Thousands of people live on the waterways in Cambodia.

Once out of the river and into the huge lake, I quickly became concerned about our small boat in the high winds and huge waves, with no other boats visible. As water crashed over the bow, we surged up the waves and then banged down into the troughs, our unaffixed chairs sliding all over the deck. I strapped on my purse and wiggled into a life jacket while our guide Nak scrambled astern to help with the rudder. Two and a half tense hours later, we reached the lee of the far shore, completing the roughest crossing the captain had ever experienced.

I managed this photo before things got really rough.

And then the engine died.

Water hyacinths kept us from drifting while Nak and the captain bled the air out of the engine. Mark and Kirsten weren’t as concerned about the crossing, and Nak thought it was great fun. I apparently have a low “thrill” tolerance.
Once underway again, we headed up the tight and twisty Sangker river.
We saw thousands of swallow’s nests as well as monkeys, storks, and kingfishers.
The low, wooden cages in the foreground are an alligator farm.

Battambang to Krong Pailin, 58 miles, hilly, rainy, 70s

The grit and grime from riding rainy roads was even in my hair.
While peddlers are common everywhere, I haven’t seen whole roving stores in other countries.
The beginning of the rainy season is time for planting certain types of rice.
again, uniquely Cambodian
Speaking of rice, the best I’ve had was at Jaan Bai in Battambang. The vegetable curry was also amazing.
This gecko measured about 1.5 feet and croaked his name all night long, “gec-ko, geck-ko.”
last hurrah with Nak

One thought on “Gilligan’s Reprise

  1. Oh, goodness. I can see why you might have been alarmed. Nobody wants to drown. I remember a whale watching tour out of Monterrey Bay in February and when the waves got up to 12 feet and the boat was doing a pitch and rolled over each one, I was glad they decided to turn back. This looks like you’re continuing a wondrous tour.


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