I was up before the neighbours to be ready at 6am for Simorn and his tuk-tuk, for my final day of temple viewing. We stopped for breakfast – a banana wrapped in sticky rice mixed coconut milk wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled over an open brazier. Chuom bought four for US$1, he ate two, I ate one, and we gave the last one to a little girl and received an enormous smile in payment.
When the temples were done, we headed out to the floating village in Tonle Sap lake. This is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia, and it expands or shrinks dramatically depending on the season. From 2,700 sq kms to 16,000 sq kms! The floating village consisted of house boats, a school boat and shop boats. The police station looked more permanent. The boats are towed around to different positions by motor boats, depending on the weather and the water level.
On the way back I stopped to take some photos of a ‘bridge’, which was just a large undressed tree trunk between the houses. I walked all the way down to the water, down a little alleyway, past houses on stilts, and could see right into their homes. It seemed a very poor area, with lots of rubbish, and undressed children, but everyone was welcoming and there were big smiles. I was too embarrassed to take photos, I felt I was invading their privacy. But I saw quite a few big TV screens!