After a full day visiting temples in Siem Reap yesterday, we were on the move again today. Today’s schedule was pretty relaxed but the experience was unutterable. We were on a private tour, there were only Lewis and I. We started our journey with the bamboo rice (is also called Kralan) which our tour guide brought us to.
We stopped by at a brick factory on our way to Kampong Khleang. It is a family-run business but life seems to be even tougher for the people who stay outside the city. We barely could stand the blazing sun just by paying a visit to the factory briefly, what more for those who work under the fiery ball.
Leaving the brick factory, we finally arrived Kampong Khleang, the floating village. It would be a fascinating experience if you are from a developed country like US or UK. Lewis, who was born and raised in Scotland, found Kampong Khleang worth exploring. I personally think that it was a little bit pricey for a tour like this as I grew up in Malaysia ( a country with many villages). However, taking a boat ride along the Siem Reap river was a whole different experience for me. I wouldn’t say it was pleasant as the river is muddy and smelly. We got an idea of a different way of life.
If you are a city girl or boy, probably the tour to Kampong Khleang will interest you. However, if you fancy classy places, Kampong Khleang will not be an ideal place for you to pay a visit. It is a tour that you will see poverty, trash, and polluted water. There are still many families living on their boats.
Beng Mealea is one of the remote jungle temples in Cambodia. If I were to say Ta Prohm is being swallowed by the jungle, Beng Mealea is worst. It seems like it had been invaded by tree monsters for years. It is more complicated and mysterious than Ta Prohm.