Like Venice or the Floating Market in Can Tho, the river is the roadway in which the villagers not only survive but also travel
Tell It To The River
Mr. Oun, our new friend, and trusted tuk-tuk driver took us to Kampong Khleang Fishing village. Like Venice or the Floating Market in Vietnam, the river is the roadway in which the villagers not only survive but also travel. Being the furthest village from Siem Reap also makes it slightly less crowded with tourists. And the drive to the village is wonderfully picturesque, passing thru villages, markets, and the countryside of Cambodia.
The brightly colored stilt houses are about 10m of the ground to accommodate the rising water during the rainy season. This makes Kampong Khleang village perhaps the most unique of the three villages around Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. We visited at the height of the dry season when the rivers had receded, exposing the muddy banks of the shoreline. At times, there was quite a traffic jam as the long tail boats squeeze by, often trying to playfully splash one another (and us) as they pass.
As mentioned, Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Our guide took us to a floating restaurant in the middle of the lake. It felt as if we were at sea. From there, we could no longer see the shore in any direction. The coffee colored water had given way to water to a rather brilliant blue. A little choppy. Breezy.
Menu Of Many
The restaurant had an eclectic menu. Lots of fish, chicken, snake, eel, even alligator. Unfortunately, we had just eaten, so we stuck with tea and beer. We bought our captain a drink as well. He seemed to like the beer more than the conversation, so resumed smiling at each other until it was time to disembark and head back to through the village.
If you find yourself in Siem Reap, after visiting Angkor Wat, a trip to the Kampong Khleang village is highly recommended!
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