First Cambodian bus customers
Booking our bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap the travel agent gave us a new brochure with a sleek silver limousine coach picture. For 14$, only 4$ more than regular buses – it did not take long to convince us.
What the travel agent didn’t tell us: the bus company just started to operate one day before our departure and we were amongst the first six clients that were boarding that bus. Out of the wrap sparkling bus. Protecting plastic stickers still covering electrical equipment, shiny seats, spotless panoramic windows. We were going to be grateful test customers. Picked up by a black limousine beamer from our hotel to get us to the bus, we did not have to bother with bags or tuktuk haggling.
Bus staff was outnumbering passengers and on their second work day presented themselves as overly attentive and chatty. Employees in virgin uniforms, matching the companies theme color. With the bus being almost empty, we could chose our seats, so we went for first row with the best view to the top notch crisp flatscreen and huge driver’s front window. Supplied with a total of four water bottles and snacks, comfy seats, it was a relaxing ride. Even Wifi was available the whole ride through.
Our smiley bus attendant made four announcements (maybe more), coming very close to us every time and testing his speeches, reading about three pages at a time to inform about area and a lot of other things, which was hard to understand – hoping he would repeat it in English it turned out that it already was :) The young lad was also responsible for making movie choices. Unfortunately we only managed to see one movie fully, because after the break he just put on another film and about half an hour later he also got bored with American comedy, unexpectedly switching to a Chinese revolution movie. With close up erotic scenes and war brutality the choice was surely not checked for parental guidance. His manager had informed us before that he downloaded a lot of good movies last night :)
First come, first served – we had a good (first) time.
Three attendants to our service.
Another bus customer gets the attention of six attendants.
Snacks and water, water, water.
The rural view.
The ‘cheaper bus’ view.