Posted by: Simon & Becci | February 24, 2015

Ferry cross the Mekong

If you ask most Brits who live in Phnom Penh what are the top three things they most miss about the UK, the majority of them will include a comment about green grass, fresh air and places to go for a walk. The city has an increasingly thriving cafe scene, lots of interesting food, amazing people and lots of concrete, but is somewhat lacking when it comes to peace, quiet and open spaces.

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View of the north of the city from the Skybar

That’s why we were so delighted to discover the passenger ferry across the Mekong River a couple of years ago. For the princely sum of 500 riel (12.5 cents) per person, you can travel 15 minutes across the Mekong River to a very different world on the other side.

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All aboard!

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Can you spot the pigs?

After piling onto the ferry, you gradually leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, and approach the far side where flashing lights, traffic jams and tall buildings are replaced with floating houses and fishing boats.   P1050037

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The view back towards the city

Many tourists take a boat trip similar to this, but do not get off on the far side, thereby missing out on a beautiful walk through the countryside…..

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The beginning of the walk

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Continue past a few houses…

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Its dry season at the moment, so the plants along the road are a little dusty!

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Into the fields and mango trees

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One method of transport…

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…and another for transporting your mangos to the market over the ferry

The wonderful thing about being able to take a trip like this is that it gives us a reminder of what the real Cambodia is like. Of the 15 million or so people who live in the nation, just over 2 million live in Phnom Penh, but the next biggest town (Siem Reap) is only 120,000 people. The vast majority of normal Cambodian families live in the countryside, where images like these are commonplace.

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Heading back towards the city into the sunset

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Can you think of a better day trip for two people costing 50 cents in total?

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Responses

  1. Love it 🙂

  2. Most interesting. Thank you so much for those glimpses of Cambodian culture.

  3. mmmmmm mangos

  4. Wow, that’s very cool. 🙂 James


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