Although we considered flying on Cambodia Angor Air for the 146-mile flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, we opted to travel by taxi. It was about 1/4 the price of flying and we figured it would be an interesting experience.
The previous evening in Phnom Penh rain had poured down like nothing I had ever seen. Or perhaps I had just never seen sewers so inadequate. The rain was part of the storm system that led to the scariest flight of my life. As we walked out of the airport and hopped into a taxi to get to our hotel, I found myself literally knee-deep in water. Good thing I always wears pants instead of shorts.
As we drove the short distance to our hotel, it literally felt like we were on a boat. Water was deep and though we saw a few cars stalled, most seemed to get right through it.
The following morning after witnessing Pol Pot’s inhumanity in Cambodia, we took off for Siem Reap.
Here’s some pictures from the journey, most from the outskirts of Phnom Penh–
A few tidbits from the journey:
- The drive took seven hours, even though GPS indicated a roughly five hour journey
- Many of the roads were dirt but none were flooded (severely)
- We stopped at a little restaurant halfway through for lunch. Almost everything on the menu was not available, but we had a pho-like dish
- We hired the taxi from our hotel, at a cost of $80USD, a 1984 Mercedes E-Class
- I won’t recommend the driver or provide his contact info since he tried to rip us off for about double the money upon reaching Siem Reap
- Once you get out of Siem Reap, you do run into smaller villages but is is mostly flat fields
The journey was interesting and I do not regret driving over flying, but be prepared for a full day. The roads are not paved well, so also be prepared for a bumpy ride!
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