Last day in Siem Reap – The Floating Village

We mainly enjoyed Siem Reap for the sunrise on Angkor Wat and the chilled time. It was great catching up with Jodie and Johannes again, and meeting new people: from the US, from Sweden, from Holland, from Germany, from Australia.
We got to go to a monk chat about Buddhism and meditation, enjoy the pool at our hostel and update the blog. It was time needed to recuperate before heading south to Sihanoukville and later on Kampot and Kep.
Because our night bus to Sihanoukville was at 11pm, we decided to have one last sightseeing day in Siem Reap before leaving. So we wrote our names on the board under Floating Village and hoped someone would write their name down as well so we could share the cost.
Lucckily, two German girls wrote their names down, and two really interesting girls as well! We instantly got along, so that’s always a plus.
Here we were, en route to the Tonle Sap, on the bumpiest road I have ever been on.
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After a good forty minutes drive, we finally arrived at the place where we would get our boat to the village.
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Our boat driver was super cool, and he even let us drive the boat and bought us some beers. He wanted to tell us about the area, and it was nice to share something with him.
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When we finally reached the village, we were startled by how beautiful it was, but also how poor it seemed to be.
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Here are a few pictures off the village:
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After a short stop somewhere they wanted us to grab food or drinks and to go on dodgy tiny pirogues into the mangrove we went our boat again and headed towards the Tonle Sap.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We stopped again and we were told that we could go swimming! But needless to say we didn’t really feel like it… Then a lady showed up and sold us fruits, 2 beers and chips for the school kids. That’s when our cool boat driver got us more beers!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We stayed there for a while enjoying a beer and it was just beautiful. we could have stayed to enjoy the sunset but we decided to go back and get food at our hostel back in Siem Reap.
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We went back through the village and gave chips to the students at the school! Some were very lovely and thankful, some were greedy and slightly clingy! So it was a bit of a strange experience, especially when random women kept asking to buy pens and notebooks for the children and our boat driver told us not to believe them…
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I got to drive the boat as well and that was super fun!!
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We finally got back to our hostel and had an other beer with the girls and played board games! We had an excellent night and left the hostel at 10:30pm to get our Giant Ibis night train to Pnom Pehn and then Sihanoukville!!

-Julie

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2 comments

  1. Vous qui souhaitiez etre pres de la vie et loin des touristes c”est reussi. Belle experience et beaux paysages mais la triste realite de la pauvrete. Bisous.

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    1. Exactement! Mais de beaux souvenirs!

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