Sra Em on a bus
Trip Start Dec 26, 2010
40Trip End Feb 03, 2011
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Bus route to Anlong Veng fortunately was on good sealed roads and rather new too. Before I knew it, my bus greeted Anlong Veng in the red duststorms much like a rural western country town
A few winks later, everyone was instructed to alight. We were at another derelict western looking town Oddar Meanchey, but much smaller. Here we had to transfer to another bus heading to Sra Em. The transfer bus however took one hour to arrive. By 6pm, the blazing sun had fallen and the town was fading out of light. It must had been a quick 40 minutes before we stopped again. This time a definite Sra Em. Moto riders were hassling at the door for passengers. None spoke english. One bloke broke the noisy meelee with "Do you want guesthouse?" A quick "Yes!" came out responsively. He pulled me aside and started with a "US$15 room I take you there! "Oh too expensive! You have a US$6?" "Sure, sure! this way, sit my moto I bring you!" He pointed to a dimly lit shophouse 50 metres in front of me. I just realised that we were standing in the middle of the road at the roundabout.
Heading to where he pointed, I came to an old building with a middle aged women watching soap opera at the front
Tried ordering dinner at a nearby stall and insistently informed in khmer language that kitchen was closed. The opposite open air restaurant looked unwelcoming but at least there were four caucasians with their tour guide feasting on a big dinner spread. Sat down and had dinner that costed twice as much as Siem Reap's prices. It was not long before I chatted with one of the caucasian couple, turned out to be Aussies from Perth. They were pretty impressed that I made it this far to Sra Em on public transport. They had it better, having made their way here in a comfy chartered 4WD.