Fast Boat to Sihanoukville

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The daily boat prepares to leave Koh Kong.

The fast boat from Koh Kong to  Kompong Som (now called Sihanoukville in honor of the reigning king during the ports' construction in the mid-1950's) costs US$20, up from $15 earlier this year. The ride is faster, smoother, and safer (in calm seas) than the bus. The long, sleek boat is air-conditioned and consists of airline-type seating inside, however, I prefer sitting on top in the sunshine and ocean breeze. Only seven of us ride up there on this voyage, all foreigners.


The boat is lightly loaded with fruit and produce for the fishing village on Ko Sdach, one of the many islands off the Sihanouke Ville area. The stop is brief and hectic.

Fishing boat off the Cambodian coast.
As the bags and bundles of cargo are tossed to the dock from the bow, three large plastic containers of fresh fish are on-loaded from a sampan-type boat tied alongside at the stern. The rickety dock crowds with boarding passengers, on-lookers, and two-wheeled hand-carts racing to collect the loads. Young girls board the boat to sell fruit and meals of rice and fish in white 'to go' styrofoam containers.


The four hour trip passes quickly and smoothly despite a steady breeze from the northeast. When seas are rough, riding on top can be a real adventure. A short rail prevents riders from sliding off of the rounded top when the boat pitches and rolls. On those days, the people inside tend to reach for black plastic barf bags while those on top ride with the swells and get splashed with sea spray.


Much of the trip is fairly close to the rugged, jungle-covered, isolated Cambodian shoreline. I imagine in the future many of the areas will be accessible by land and new beach communities will form. We pass countless fishing boats, nearly the entire length of the trip.

beinak says:
Looks like the same type of boat that is used to get across lake Tonle Sap from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap!
Posted on: Dec 05, 2007
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Approaching Koh Sdach
Approaching Koh Sdach
Cargo being tossed to the dock.
Cargo being tossed to the dock.
On-loading fresh fish.
On-loading fresh fish.