Fast Boat to Sihanoukville
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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.
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.