One Day in Kampong Khleang
|The bridge leading to Kampong Khleang|
Journey takes about an hour.
Just like Kampong Phluk, Kampong Khleang is located close to Tonlé Sap so houses are built on stilts to prevent flooding during the wet season. During this trip, I have had the chance to interact with the villagers as well as to have home cooked meal in one of the houses. The experience was amazing:
The ancestors of the elderly woman living here were Chinese, hence the red drapes and deco
|A look inside the kitchen. Not the cleanest, but very comprehensive.|
|Lunch was served!|
To be honest, I find the food in Cambodia exceedingly bland and simple. I would not have enjoyed my meal at all if it wasn't for the chicken-flavored sauce (somewhat like Thailand's fish sauce) and chili sauce (similar to Sriracha). Nevertheless, I was very grateful for the experience and hospitality.
|Photos to compare the condition of the village during the dry and wet season|
|A great way to relax!|
I visited Tonlé Sap for the second time during the same trip, but this time around I was at a different community, which is mostly made up of Vietnamese fishermen and families.
|Jetty to Tonlé Sap from Kampong Khleang|
So he is about 13 years old. I was fearing for my life but thankfully this little guy knew what he doing.
20 minutes later, we've arrived at our destination:
|Not leaving without a selfie|
Kampong Khleang was the highlight of my entire trip to Siem Reap.The village is huge, and you will quickly get an idea of how people live there e.g. fishing methods, daily meals (mostly fish), favorite pastime (lounging on a hammock/karoake) etc. Needless to say, a guide is a must as you'd want someone to answer all your questions as well as to be your translator.