Cambodia: Floating Village, Tonle Sap Lake

This entry is gonna be about my 2nd day in Cambodia and it’s been long since I actually came back from there, but I just gotta finish writing about this trip. You know, so I can read these posts in the future and refresh my memories in case I have amnesia hehe. By the way, you can have a look at my previous post here, Cambodia: First Day in Cambodia!

Okay, so, on the second day, we met some of our friends which I knew from university. They arrived at the airport that morning and we went to meet them at their hotel and continue our Cambodia trip from there.

 

To the floating village

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And here I’ll just put in some pictures that I took on the way.
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And you know what? Everything looks like home. I mean, on the road, the whole place looks like I’m on a drive around Sabah.
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Passed by a school, and a place that looks like a boat factory haha.
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Tonle Sap Lake harbour

We’ve arrived!

Well, arrived at the harbour. Not the floating village, yet. Of course we need to take a boat to get there.
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Ok, buying tickets. I forgot the price but it’s around 20USD.
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The place looks decent. You can buy some souveneirs here, or some extra clothing for the day. If you don’t want any of those, it’s okay, but buy some drinks because the journey is going to be not-too-long but it’s hot. Maybe because we were there in the afternoon. But it’s also because they aren’t a lot of trees and shade along the river.
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The girls bought some sunglasses for obvious reasons… for their collection. And yeah, for the sun as well. Wakaka.
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Okay, one group picture before we go.

Tips: There are people here who will take your group picture and print it on some plate and sell it to you when you get back from the village. So, do what you can to avoid this. Or just be like us, we didn’t know so they had our picture taken and tried their best to sell it to us even when we already got in the taxi.

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And we’re off!

 

Boat ride yo

This is our boat number, B35. You know, just in case we get lost and forgot which one is our boat. Haha. Just kidding, it won’t get to that point. They will take care of you like you are their boss. Well, you are actually their boss for that trip since you are paying them lol.
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Okay, ride to Floating Village!

This guy with the glasses is our tour guide for the trip to the village. I forgot his name, sorry, buddy. But he’s a nice guy, speaks good English, enough to answer our questions while briefing us about what’s ahead.
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And as you can see, the tourist destination have a good number of tourists going to and from the place we’re headed.
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Look at that pole. See how high the water can reach during rainy season.
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Group picture, as always.
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“Water, water everywhere.”

Owh look, we’re reaching. Haha.
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Yup, no land. This is the real deal.

Let’s see some of the houses, groceries shops, and a police station.
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Okay, this is the part where we couldn’t find our way back. Wakaka, no no. The tour guide just showed us where we were and some of the other places nearby.
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Taking a picture at the edge of the village. There’s nothing else behind. So clear. So nice. Hehe.
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Fishy and Croc

There’s a fish farm and also a crocodile farm here in the village and we are going there next. Haha.
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Okay, we are at the building but honestly, not many fish to see. This is the small exhibition of Tonle Sap Great Lake a Unique Wetland.
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You have to dive in the water outside yourself to see more fishes. Although you need to wait for the water to clear up. LOL.

Actually, there’s really a fish farm but we’ll get to there.

Now, some crocodile stuff here. There’s a crocodile skin hanging there but I don’t think the stuff on the left actually involve any reptiles haha.
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There’s a restaurant, Tonle Sap Restaurant and a souvenir shop at this particular floating building.
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And these are some of the interesting souvenirs that caught my eye. Wink.
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Okay, here’s the fish farm. You can feed the fishes yourself. Just take a handful of fish food and just go crazy with them haha.
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However, they are too shy to stay long and say hi.

Alright, your turn Croc.
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It’s a small crocodile but it looks like it’s hoping for someone to just fall off from the ledge and just land beside it. Just joking yo. Touch wood.

 

Awesome view

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We can climb up the building to the roof and we can see the whole village from here.
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Helping the children

Our next destination is the community school. But before that, we stopped by the Community Floating Market. Our tour guide said that tourists usually go here and buy some groceries and supplies for the school kids. As you may have seen from the pictures, they don’t really live the awesome life. So, any kind of help for the students is needed.
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Firstly, it might look like we were sent here so that we can give supplies to the children. However, the tour guide specifically said that they don’t accept money for the children. They’d rather we buy the supplies in the market and send them to the children ourselves. That way, we know that it is delivered directly to them. And the guide keep repeating that we should not force ourselves to donate but rather do it from the heart, no matter how small it is.

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I forgot the prices for the supplies but it’s not too expensive.

Tips: If you ever come here, prepare some stuff for the children like pen, pencils, erasers and such. It’s much cheaper if you bring it from outside.

We bought some boxes of water bottles and it’s time to see the kids.

It’s a pre-school actually but it’s still the same, they are learning here. And they need help.
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Feels so good to see this sign. I’m from the La Sallian family too. I studied in La Salle Kota Kinabalu High School from Form 1 till I was Upper 6 and we did this kind of charity in Nabawan before. Brings back memories.
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So here is the classroom. Just one classroom for that one small building.
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The kids are currently having their break so they just played at the end of the room.

I took some pictures. Of course, some of them were curious.
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Our guide showed us the condition of their kitchen and frankly, the kids could really use a big help.
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Chong Khnies Catholic Church

Just beside the school is the church.
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I think the kids have their activities here. There are some photographs of the kids enjoying themselves on the walls in the church.
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I did some praying in my heart. Then, went back to the boat.

 

Ice-Cream

On the way back, our guide managed to get the ice-cream man to come and we bought ice-cream for ourselves and also the tour guide and the boat handler.
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Fast forward, we arrived back at the harbour. Yay! It was so hot.
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But before we go, let me take a picture with Mr. Tour Guide.
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Okay, that’s all for now. Phew, that’s a long post. I bet no one will fully read it. Heck, I may not even read it after I’m done with it.

But if someone did read the whole thing. Then tell me, so I can give you a big hug. Because this is a hard post to write, for me. Haha.

Happy Monday, everyone!

 

P.S Based on Trip Advisor, it seems we are lucky to have this guy as our tour guide.

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6 Responses

  1. nick
    nick July 14, 2014 at 20:37 | | Reply

    good shots! looks like a really good place for holiday too :P

  2. stellacaire
    stellacaire July 15, 2014 at 01:57 | | Reply

    punya siok tgk your post..besar2 itu gambal..hehe

  3. Daniel Chiam (@room8five)
    Daniel Chiam (@room8five) August 4, 2014 at 19:10 | | Reply

    Lama tidak nampak… makin putih, makin ensem oh kau haha.

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