Floating Village trip

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Not quite as good as the temples, but for a real life experience in Siem Reap it was amazing.  We took the tuk tuk 20 minutes or so outside the main city area to the edge of the lake, Tonle Sap.  Here there is a small dock where local fisherman sell their catch and various boats for hire will take you out for a ride.  We booked a trip with a company stopping just outside the dock to pay and go view the 'floating village'.

Turned out there was just 2 of us on board with a Cambodian guide to take us around the floating village for a couple of hours and hang out to see the sun set over the lake.  The village is a series of boats people live and work on that migrate with the tides.  As you drive through and see all the different boats you realise how unique it is.  They have a school, medic, a bunch of house, a pig farm and it goes on.  A lot of the people fish and sell their catch back at the dock, many cater the tourists selling food and drink from canoes as the boats come through. 

We stopped off at a much larger boat on they way back in to have a look at the sunset and check out their croc farm aboard.  It was a bit scary, basically a massive cage full or crocs that people keep dropping food into to get them big enough to sell for their skin.  There were a couple of fish farms too which operate much the same way.  The sunset is well worth stopping for, very nice views!  Sadly it came to an end all to quick and we hopped the tuk tuk back to the city.

Right near the docks is a large hill you might want to check out as well.  There is a staircase to get up it and on the top you'd have great views of the sun setting over the water.  If we had more time we'd have gone back for that.


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