Kompong Channang

Trip Start Jan 22, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A quick 2 hour bus ride north of Phnom Penh took us to the small town of Kompong Channang. We only planned to stay one night so we had to work quickly to sort out some fun. We organised a little adventure with the moto-taxi man who picked us up from the bus and took us to find a guesthouse.

Tom rented a motorbike and followed Jess and our friendly guide through the countryside. Along the way we stopped to see various local industries, a riverside market and had a go at making a clay pot. The town is near river/inlet which leads from the Mekong river to the Tonle Sap, the huge freshwater lake which dominates the middle of Cambodia.

The stilt houses on the river bank were incredible. The Mekong swells so much in the rainy season, with water coming from as far away as Tibet, the whole area around the river experiences deep flooding every year. The stilts for the houses themselves were a good 20ft high, with huts perched precariously on top. Smaller huts exist but are rebuilt every year after the rains.

We ended the day watching the sunset over the most beautiful padi fields and lotus flower ponds. Typically with so much beautiful scenery around, the camera ran out of battery. Bugger.
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