Chong kneas floating island

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
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Trip End Apr 08, 2013


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Chong kneas floating island �

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

The port is just 15km from Siem Reap and the tuk tuk drive takes about 50 minutes, a long time, but this is because the road is very bad. Roads overall are not in very good state, even at the Angkor Wat but some are being fixed slowly slowly.

A new port is being built at the moment. I went and took the 16:30 boat
ride which was 15USD, in order to catch the sunset. Sunrise and sunset here are
a hit and miss as most of the days there is so much humidity and haze that the
sun is not visible during sunrise and sunset. The way their system works is a
bit weird and definitely inefficient. I went with another friend, Marit,
along with our tuk tuk driver, Mr Sary, and we were put on a small sort of speed boat which had a capacity of 10 people. But we were on our own. Good thing of course. But there were several other boats, some half empty and others with a bit more passengers. From what I was
told they spread out the passengers so that every boat gets some and has work.
There are many boats, like there are many more tuk tuks.

At the time the water level was really low and many boats were getting stuck on
the river bed. Our boat driver was a boy, barely 16-17 years old from the
looks. But then again Cambodians look much younger than their age.

The ride was pleasant and relaxing and took around 40 minutes each way. The
floating village is quite big and remarkable! There are floating schools,
restaurants, supermarkets, houses and even a basketball court! Many of the
houses, huts basically, are built on a small fishing boat!

The water is totally brown almost like mud but nevertheless there are fish which
people fish and even some of them drink it as the closest drinking water is
quite far!

There are even some crocodiles. The area seems to be full of them.

As we were approaching a floating market, I saw a few small boats with really
young children, many just babies barely walking, along with their mums. As we
got closer I was shocked to see that around their neck they were holding
snakes! Even the babies! Just like my 5-year god-daughter wears necklaces
around her neck, children here wear alive snakes. Apparently they go up to
tourists asking a dollar for a photo! I was told that many of them are
Vietnamese. There are apparently a few millions Vietnamese living in Cambodia.

It is worth the visit, something unique and a good change from all the temples. Go
for it!
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