Smiling Happy People

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Bopere Guesthouse

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Monday, January 24, 2011

I know its often said about many countries in the world that the people are one of the highlights of any visit but I'm going to say it again about Cambodia, the people are so nice. Almost everyone you meet has a smile on their face. In Kompong Cham we again hired bikes to explore around. Just south of town there is a large island in the Mekong. In the wet season you get to the island by ferry but in the dry season they build, by hand, a bamboo bridge every year. It's a pretty cool sight, a few hundred metres long and it looks like its made of matchsticks. Cycling across it is a bit nerve racking as its not very wide or flat, has no sides, the wind was blowing and motorbikes whizzing by. The road around the island is lined with houses and every one we passed the children came out waving a shouting hello. Even the grumpy looking teenage boys on their mopeds crack a smile and say hello when you do. You just spend the whole time going around grinning like a fool. All the more incredible given the recent past we saw in Phonm Penh.
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