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A place like no other

It is already late afternoon. A heavy rain in the morning forced us to change plans from exploring Angkor Wat to visiting a floating market. Although it turned out to be a bit more than just a market…

We have been on the road for 30 minutes when Chumrum (our tuk tuk driver) turned right on a narrow reddish clay path.  As we went on, children smiled and waved their hands at us saying hello while riding their bikes, making us feel very welcome. Chumrum would navigate around  the cows that were walking idly on the tiny path as we looked at the houses made of a sort of wood and bamboo. We were intrigued and excited to be there.

After 10 minutes we arrived to the banks of a river and moved over to a boat.

See you guys in a couple of hours!

What? A couple of hours? Where are we going now?

To the village and the Lake.

Okay, I guess we will see you then. 

Adam and I looked at each other confused but in a good way, liking the surprise.

This is not the kind of market we were thinking; this is a village, a floating village! The town is called Kompong Phluk, 4000 people live here and it can only be visited by boat.

The boat ride to the aquatic town was very peaceful, only a couple of boats with tourists passed us. We had flooded mangrove forest surrounding us all the way until we arrived at the actual village.

It was very, very interesting to see a place like this, their kind of life and absolutely unusual infrastructure. My guess is that they started this community because it’s very convenient for all the fisherman. They even have a school! Kids paddle to school in their canoes (at least they don’t need a driver’s license).

There were a couple of restaurants and mini stores in the village. In general people seemed very happy and friendly. Little kids were showing off, jumping into the water, others were splashing around and having fun.

The school

After the village and the mangroves we stopped where the river dumped into the Tonle Sap Great Lake. There was nothing but water as far as I could see; everything was still and quiet.

Until Adam decided to break the silence and jump from the roof of the boat into the lake. I regretted not having a bathing suit.

It was really cool to visit this place, especially because it was totally unexpected. Imagine your neighborhood surrounded by water all the time, using canoes or swimming from one place to another, and eating the catch of the day for dinner. Crazy eh!?

A unique place for sure!

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Searching for Dragons (Part 1)
Searching for Dragons (Part 2)
Our favorite spots in Kuala Lumpur
Goodbye Thailand

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  1. Becky September 20, 2012 Reply

    I found your blog while looking for traveling blogs. :)

    I love reading about your adventures and love your pics! Thanks for sharing with the blogosphere. :)
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    • Pamela September 20, 2012 Reply

      Hi Becky, I am glad you found us! Keep coming back to read our adventures :)

  2. TammyOnTheMove September 21, 2012 Reply

    I loved it there too when we went at the end of last year. I am impressed Adam jumped into the Tonle Sap. He must have bowels of steel…:-)
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    • Pamela September 21, 2012 Reply

      He jumps everywhere he can… it’s his thing :)

  3. Nicole September 22, 2012 Reply

    These pictures are incredible. You are bringing back so many memories of the beautiful smiles of the amazing people in SE Asia. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Pamela September 22, 2012 Reply

      Thanks Nicole! Safe travels back to the US :)

  4. Susan Carnival September 24, 2012 Reply

    It’s so awesome to watch the clouds scenario in first picture. The way you captured all these snaps I must say that you are a very professional photographer. I wish I want to become a photographer like you and thanks for sharing your adventure with us. Looking for more forward to you.

  5. Bhimtal Resort February 15, 2013 Reply

    Great article Thanks to shared !

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