Life on the Lake, Vietnamese Floating Villages in Kampong Chhnang

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Village Hut
On the 20th, Makara (my cousin) and I set out for Kampong Chhnang, a 3 hour journey from Kampong Cham. It was only a quick visit to my cousin's in-laws. My original plan of visiting some ancient Khmer ruins was halted as I was informed that the only accessible means of transport would be a slow boat ride across the waters, which would take longer than a day and I didn't have the time to do so on this trip.

Instead I went on a 1 hour boat tour on the Tonle-Sap Lake, visiting the Vietnamese Floating Villages. The experience was an eye opener as I witnessed the hardship of living on the water, and the lack of infrastructure to support their livelihood.

While the little kids were jumping in the water, parents were preparing food for the evening and grandparents relaxing in their hammocks chatting to one another.
Witness to History
The 1 hour boat ride cost a measily 15000 Riel (approx $3.50US).

After the tour around Kampong Chhnang provincial town, we headed back towards Salar Leq Prum (School Number 5) where my cousin's in-laws lived. Along the way we stopped off at countless local temples to pay our respects and to take some snap happy photos. There were also quite a few mosques in this area as many of the inhabitants were of Cham ethnicity.

The Cham's migrated to Cambodia after their home country (Champa, today's Central Vietnam) was taken over by the Vietnamese. They have settled in Cambodia and live peacefully with the local Khmers. The majority of ethnic Cham's practice Muslim, however their original religioun was Hindu and many Cham-Hindu ruins can still be found in Central Vietnam.

That evening we had dinner at my cousin's in-laws and settled to bed early as there was no where to go or nothing to do as we were in the countryside.
crazyaniko says:
great pix again:)
Posted on: Aug 01, 2007
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Village Hut
Village Hut
Witness to History
Witness to History
Sugar Palm Trees
Sugar Palm Trees
Vietnamese Village on the Tonle Sa…
Vietnamese Village on the Tonle S…
Childrens footprints in the mud
Children's footprints in the mud
Ox-cart selling earthern ware
Ox-cart selling earthern ware
Wat Leat
Wat Leat
Khmer Lady
Khmer Lady
Road to one of the local Wats
Road to one of the local Wats
Jackfruit
Jackfruit
Vietnamese Floating Village
Vietnamese Floating Village
Countryside
Countryside
Cousins In-laws house
Cousin's In-laws house
Cham Mosque
Cham Mosque
Villager tending the fields
Villager tending the fields
Vietnamese Floating Village
Vietnamese Floating Village
Cambodian Chhnangs (pots)
Cambodian Chhnangs (pots)
Reliious symbol Flag at a local Wat
Reliious symbol Flag at a local Wat
Countryside
Countryside
Rice Grains
Rice Grains
Flooded Plains
Flooded Plains
Boy at a local Wat
Boy at a local Wat
Ducklings
Ducklings
Monks robes
Monk's robes
Local Wat
Local Wat
Preparing for Bonn Om Touk
Preparing for Bonn Om Touk
Kampong Chhnang
photo by: droonsta