We awoke super early at the Angkor Holiday Hotel, to have breakfast and meet Hank and Sout for a tour of the village of Kampong Phhluk. About an hour from Siem Reap and down a long, long dirt road, you come to a large earthen pier, extending out into flood waters. The pier is about 10 feet above the water level. A very impressive mound of dirt! On our left, are hundreds of boats, waiting for tourists. On the right of the wide, earthen pier, food stands litter the edge-hoping for a hungry tourist.
The waterway is remarkably similar to Florida. Sout has a hard time accepting that Cambodia can look anything like Florida! The only thing missing are ospreys. The only other traffic out are locals racing into shore for market. We wave, they stare.
The first building we locate is the police station. Then a school, a 2-story school on stilts. The main town is incredible. All the homes are build on wooden stilts. Rickety stilts. Each home has 3 levels – boat level with a small landing, second an open level where other boats are dry docked, empty water containers stored, fishing nets and wood are stored. The highest level is the home, itself. All homes have porches with flowers, some are covered, some are not. The locals save and retrieve empty water bottles and create other floating storage areas. Women drift by in their skinny boats with grocery supplies – a floating 7/11 if you will.