Trip Start Jul 01, 2006
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So far we have seen the Angkor temples, a floating village(complete with floating crocodile farm) on Tonle Sap Lake and some freshwater dolphins in the Mekong river(which are supposedly only number 90-100)
Everybody outside of the big cities, which means Phnom Penh, Siem Reap or Sihanoukville, lives surprisingly traditionally, fishing with round cast nets or farming rice (they really do wear those pointy straw hats!)
We have been riding on top of a mini-bus and everybody smiles and waves and is friendly without trying to rip you off (a refreshing change!) I thought that with such recent problems and atrocities everyone would be suspicious but they're not at all. It's so good to constantly get smiled at and waved to or to have people approach you to practise their english. Especially when smiling at anyone at home just earns you the finger!
There's also the usual contradiction of everyone having a mobile phone but nobody having plumbing or a fridge that seems to occur in every poor country we've been. There's always a stall selling blocks of ice which is cut with a hand saw and loads of people walk around with deadly looking sickles or ride scooters with extra suspension bolted on and 2live pigs or 50chickens struggling on the back!