We left Phnom Pen at 8 am and headed off through the countryside toward Siem Reap. Kim told us all sorts of interesting information, e.g Theunemployment rate is 35% Tourism is Cambodia’s biggest industry, She has worked 21 different jobs in her life making incense sticks , constructing walls, cooking for others cleaning, in other words she took whatever opportunity there was and went with it.
The countryside was different to what we had travelled through before. Lower lying with houses built over water. The speed limit in Cambodia is fifty but I noticed that we rarely got above thirty. Kim stopped and bought some lotus fruits from some vendors and we all got a taste. The seed tasted a bit like macadamia nuts, yum!
Saw dried fish skun ducks and all sorts of other things for sale on the side of the road. There is no public transport system here no trains or buses instead they have motor bikes towing a trailer with up to 30 people, there are lots of Tuk Tuk’s as well.
We stopped at the village that sold fried tarantulas, Sophie and Kim were the first to eat them, Mitch following soon after and many of us tasted the odd leg or two. Tasted crunchy with a savoury flavour. Quite the experience. The tarantulas were quite large and their feet felt quite sticky as they climbed on you.
We travelled on through beautiful country side to our home stay.
We were shown our accommodation, the girls upstairs under mosquito nets in rows all in one room. A pretend mattress on the floor you should have seen their faces. The boys didn’t even get the pretend mattress and pillow but at least were on the planks of beds!
We hung around a while and then off for a pony cart ride. This was fun four to a wagon except the big mama wagon which only had three, Kerren, Kim and myself. We visited a house where the owners made noodles the old fashioned way. It was interesting to see how they lived, pig’s ducks people all together. We then went onto a Buddhist temple where we saw a Dragon boat and watched children and young monks cleaning up. Back on our carts and a fast trot back to the bus.
Next an Ox ride into the paddy fields to watch the sun set over the water in the fields, as Kim our guide said it was a Kodak moment. The Ox was a beautiful white and the country side gorgeous.
Dinner at the home stay was great Chips fried and Chicken, Kane, James, Ryan and Henry polished of four bowls of chips and three bowls of chicken.
After dinner we all danced with the locals mostly Ganga style, and then were treated to a rendition of traditional dancing that was quite beautiful.
Then off to bed in our nets on the floor hopefully to sleep.
We are having such an adventure