Seam Reap, Cambodia
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Seam Reap, Cambodia.
We arrived Seam
We were flying with Air Asia, and in spite that Air
I have been flying with Air
We arranged our tour to
I think internet is excellent tools when I am planning trips. On the internet I found the address to
We arranged for a van with driver and a tour guide.
I had a few must on our program;
As we arrived Seam Reap we found that the program was too tight visiting lots of temples and a silk factory, but we had no problem to rearrange it.
For those of you that are interested: The address to our Seam Reap tour fixer, we just called him our fixer.
We were very satisfied with the service he and his crew gave us.
Tonele Sap and the Floating Village
The first day in
The Tonlé Sap is a combined lake and river system of huge importance to
It is the largest freshwater lake in
For most of the year the lake is fairly small, around one meter deep and with an area of 2,700 square km. During the monsoon season, however, the
Water is pushed up from the
Tonle Sap is home to a large Vietnamese and Cham people community, living in floating villages around the lake. The village is based on house boats. As we visited
Many people are living of fishing from the lake.
The population can be as many 9000 people living in this village on the lake, partly on stilts and partly on boats.
The boat houses moves their location depending if it is dry season or monsoon. The lake rises twice each year.
Arriving we were met with small almost naked children people begging for money.
We had a boat journey on the lake, visiting a floating souvenir shop and an alligator “farm”. Alligators are not natural in this area; the farms are there for us tourists.
Mothers with children from infants to 5-6 years old were meeting us in boats wanting to earn some money. Selling small bananas, cans with lemonade or just hoping we would take some photos of the children with snakes round their necks. I think the first words this children learns is; “just one dollar sir”.
The village has its own church, school and shops.
I`m rather impressed with the schools gym room. And of cause all the children is good swimmers.
The privacy is little for the people living in the floating village. The walls on the floats is of palm leaves and blankets, just one room for whole family, and the outside toilet leads directly into the lake. Batteries provide them with pthe ower, and all transport is with boats.
Some of the houses are in better condition, some seem to be falling into the lake, and some of the houses can hardly bee called houses it is just a shelter.
It is an incredible poverty, people living together with chicken, hens and dogs. No electricity and no running water. The hygienic conditions are terrible, but I do not think the children were dirty, they seemed to love swimming.
Visiting Tonle Sap and the
We were prepared on the poverty but not on the conditions on The
I wanted to by some bananas, give the mothers some dollars for taking their photos but had no less than a 100 dollar bill and none of them could give me change.
You might think we are delicate and naïve, but the conditions by and at the
Driving back to our hotel we asked our driver to stop by a change office. We all wanted to have one dollar bills, lots of one dollar bills. We are going to travel round in Ankor and Seam Reap, and we are sure we will meet lots of children trying to sell us bananas, pineapple, shawls, post cards, books………………………..
And as my twin sisters husband said; Here you have the opportunity to give the aid without greedy middle hands. So we wanted to be prepared.
"Just one dollar mister"