Month: April 2015

Backpacking Cambodia: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap by Bus

The 6-8 hour bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap was unexpectedly pleasant… partly cos when we hopped on the Giant Ibis, there was the smiling face of our driver to start our journey to our next bus terminal, who later also demonstrated his excellent skill in manoeuvring the 41-seater beast through potholes and dirt road, maintaining a punctual schedule and all the while showing courtesy and concern for the passengers. Pretty rad, indeed. I’ve always been a big fan slower modes of travel – detours, mixtapes, pranks, drunken pitstops, head bumps, eavesdropping on other people’s weird sexual escapades, holding your pee in for the longest time, getting to know the stranger sitting next to you, pothole nightmares… there’s a lot of road trip spontaneity! So when my friends were lamenting the cost of airfare for our Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Bangkok trip, I happily took the plunge and bought a one-way ticket out. The ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap took us through agrarian Cambodia – from passing an endless row of brick and mortar to …