In my previous post, I mentioned that we took the small tour on our second day because we had something else planned for the afternoon. Our kind hotel staff arranged a tour for us to visit the Kampung Phluk floating village.
I think this is the least talked about tours in Siem Reap. Even before I left, most travel blogs I read didn’t mention about this amazing tour. If you have the time, I strongly recommend you to go on a tour to this village. Sure, the journey to Kampung Phkuk from Siem Reap took about an hour or so, but it was a totally worth it half-day tour.
It is advisable that you there with a tour guide because it is about 20kms away from Siem Reap town and tuk tuks do not go that far into the villages.
|Friendly children waving at tourists and saying “hello”|
|Innocent & carefree Cambodian kids.|
|Houses here are built on stilts to allow them to stay safe during the wet season where the lake expands.|
After walking around the village, it was time to hop on a boat to go and see the sunset at Tonle Sap Lake. The lake was shallow (it was the dry season) so we had to split into groups and take 3 small boats to reach the lake. Little did we know, we were in for a surprise!
|It’s their playground..|
*A short boat ride later*
The boat took us to this little floating restaurant in the middle of Tonle Sap Lake. I was beyond excited to be there. They even had a rooftop area where you can sit, enjoy a nice meal and view the sunset, which is exactly what we did.
|the floating restaurant|
This was the most thrilling part of the whole trip for me, observing the kids, their lifestyle and how they can still smile and wave at you. I was torn in between feeling sympathetic towards the locals or telling myself this is their way of life. Just different.
More Cambodian series to be continued….