The Beautiful Children of Kampung Phluk
|The Cambodian children - carefree, and the most lighthearted|
Located in northern-central Cambodia, Kampung Phluk is one of the many villages on Tonlé Sap in which the houses are built on stilts. This unique structure is necessary to allow the villagers to continue staying here during the wet season which takes place between the months of May to October every year, when the lake expands from 2,700 km2 to 16,000km2, and from the depth of 1m to 9m.
|Traveled here in April, during the dry season. The lake and the surrounding canals were so shallow that motorboats can hardly move for over 5 minutes without having the propellers stuck in the mud.|
I was really lucky to have traveled here during the dry season, as that was when I got to see the most. The infrastructure of the village is very well coordinated. Houses are built in two straight lines facing inward, separated by a broad lane. It is where the children come out to play in the evening, while the adults carry out their daily chores. This gave me plenty of opportunity to observe the way of life here.
|It apparently isn't a concern that some of the children are walking barefooted or without any clothes on|
|English lessons! "I love you" seems to be the first words taught to them|
|Got to walk her home. The school and her house is located on the opposite ends of the street|
|Hip hop dances after schooling hours to entertain the visitors|
|A game well-preserved: Children shooting marbles on the ground|
|Those beans aren't just a source of income - they bring immense happiness to the kids|
|Dinner in the making. Notice the spatula?|
|Children helping with the cooking preparation|
|This little one wouldn't let me get close to him|
|Bread with condensed milk. He loved it!|
|Friendly kids with the purest hearts|
My trip to Kampung Phluk has been a very fulfilling one. Situated much nearer to the Siem Reap town as compared to Kampung Khleang, interested tourists would need to hire a guide or follow a tour group to get here in a brief 20-kilometer journey by road followed by a short boat ride.
Siem Reap, Cambodia