Last day in Siem Reap
Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
12Trip End Feb 02, 2013
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We were brought down to a peer where wooden boats fought for space to gather up their passengers. Carlo and I were led to our boat, a bright blue vessel with sloppy painted yellow trim. Once we were on the driver and the guide pushed the boat off and out into the river. I was surprised by the chocolate milk water that sloshed against the side of the boat, the water was absolutely filthy
Our guide explained a few things about the floating village, the flooding of the land, and the fishing history. It took a while, but eventually we left the river and we came to the lake that held the village. Rickety house boats as far as the eye could see, each one of them bustling with bobbing activity. Our boat circled around a bit and our guide pointed out the different "buildings" on boats. This is the temple. That is the school. We stopped at a crocodile farm that had a little shop in it and Carlo and I bought a couple of souvenirs.
After that it was back in the boat and heading out on the river the same way we had come in. Both Carlo and I had known that Cambodia was poor, but this was one of the first times that we had seen such a blatant display of it. Honestly, much of Cambodia reminds me of India and this isn’t an exception. I never went to a floating village, but the style of floating shacks felt startling familiar and could have easily been somewhere in India.
Finally we were back on the dock and heading to the security of our driver’s car
Having run about so much the past few days Carlo and I were just fine with the fact that the tour was over early. We went back to the guest house to shower and change before lunch. After that, with no real plans, we enjoyed an afternoon of lounging about in our room, watching TV and soaking up the air conditioning. It was fantastic to have a bit of a break from the rush and bustle to just relax.