Way back in September of 2014 my father came to visit while I was living in Shanghai, China. He was going to be with me for two weeks so we decided to take a trip somewhere else in Asia for a few days. We settled on Cambodia, specifically Siem Reap, mostly because I have wanted to see Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples for a very long time. This post and the ensuing series will chronicle that trip and the amazing things we saw and, of course, photographed.
Our first day we did not actually visit any temples. This day we were going to head to Tonlé Sap Lake. But, before we got to the lake we made a stop at a roadside market to shoot people going about their daily lives. If there is one thing I can say about Cambodians, it is that they love to smile.
These little piggies went to market (see what I did there?).
Finally we were on our way to the lake. This area is famous for the homes on and around the lake. If you were to visit in the dry season, you would see homes near the edges of the lake up on high stilts (20 or 30 feet sometimes). You might look at these homes and think that stilts that high are a bit of overkill until you visit in the rainy season. We happened to visit in the rainy season. We drove on the road as far as it would take us before hopping in a boat and cruising down the river towards the lake.
Eventually we got to the lake proper where we encountered the floating village of Tonlé Sap Lake. These homes literally float on the lake and move along with it as it rises and falls during the rainy and dry seasons. Basically all aspects of life are dominated by life on the water.
A hub of commerce on the lake!
Our last stop before heading back was at a small island on the lake. We were getting there just as school was letting out and had the privilege of watching the kids hop on the "busses" home.
After a long morning out on the lake we headed back to town to rest up for our trip the next day to our first temples. But that, my friends, is a story for another day.
Until the next time, Ian
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