Day in the life of a Cambodia

Trip Start Nov 24, 2008
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Trip End Jan 16, 2009


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Monday, December 8, 2008

This is a tour established by Fi and Ant and entails a guide taking a group of Berang (foreigners) out to an isolated village to experience what it is like to live the life of the majority of Cambodians. The proceeds of the tours go towards the village chief and is used to build wells etc for the villagers.

We started our day by riding to our respective family via ox-cart- a bumpy ride which felt very similar to the massage i got the day before (the woman had thumbs of steel!). We rode out to our host family and were tasked to sow together palm leaves to make roof and wall panels for the house who at this stage had a big hole in theirs. The average woman of Cambodia takes 15mins to sow 2ms of leaves together however for me, and Canadians Mark and Wilson it took at least 30mins after we had got the nak of it.

At lunch we had packed sandwiches which caused the host family and half of the village to gawk at us eating these strange foods. From here we proceeded to the local school and gave out pencils and chocolates to the children. The children were supposed to be in class however the teacher didn't turn up as is frequent during harvesting season. So our guide Lim took charge and rounded what seemed like the majority of children into the classroom (and the doorway and windows) and distributed the gifts.

We then toured a pagoda and learned of Buddhism in Cambodia. From here we harvested some rice which lead to the discovery that i was a cycle wielding natural. Considering this career path we moved on to the silk farm and toured the facility.

This was a very good tour and is subtly different every time as they go to a different family each time. It is a welcome break from the temple binge that most tourists go on.
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thedunckleys
thedunckleys on

great post
just what travellers should be doing! How do we book - we will be in Cambodia at Christmas

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