Took the local boat from Battambang to Siem Reap. There were only eight foreigners on the boat including me. Deb and Louise from England, two policemen, Peter and Oliver from Germany, a Kiwi and a lovely couple from Belgium who both work in the film industry Wim and Stephanie.
We were in one end of the boat the back end by the “toilet” a big bucket and the locals were in the front end. And there were a lot of locals on our boat, the other boat was mainly, actually was all tourists, so even thought they left later than us they passed up about four hours into the trip.
But I was happy being with the locals. We stopped at I think all the villages, picking people up, dropping them off, dropping off mail, some melons, a lot of people were bringing back supplies including coconuts and bananas, no livestock though, darn it.
About 10:00 a.m. we made a pit stop for lunch, none of
us really ate anything, particularly after we used the toilet. The toilet was an outhouse with an opening into the river, the same river they wash their dishes in and I think that’s the thought that kept us on potato chips and crackers.
When we finally arrived in Siem Reap, seven hours later, the only passengers who were still on from the morning were the foreigners. We had picked up some new passengers along the way, but we were the only ones who went from Battambang to Siem Reap.