Place of Interest - Cambodia Free and Easy (Siem Reap Backpacking Trip)

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Kampong Phluk floating village ~ (Rating: 4/5 )

With the wind blowing through our hair across the faces, the cool sensation cooled us down from the hot and humid weather. I could smell the fresh air from the mangrove forest as our boat approached nearer to our destination – floating forest. We thoroughly enjoyed the view during our one hour ride.

Kampong Phluk floating village is only accessible by boat and it’s located approximately 25km from Chhong Kneas. The villagers are primarily Khmer, only 10% out of the 400 families can afford to buy a motor boat like what we had chartered. Besides that, Sam (our guide) also told us that most of the kids living here suffered from malnutrition due to the bacteria filled water environment and the lack of medical aid resulted by transportation constraints.

Kampong Phluk - Cambodia
Along the way to Kampong Phluk  

Flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to a wide variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. As one might expect, Kampong Phluk’s economy is based on fishing, primary in shrimp harvesting.

Floating forest  
Fisher man Preparing for lunch? The only transport

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Old Market ~ (Rating: 3/5 )

We paid USD2 for the Tuk Tuk from our guesthouse to old market area, the place where we first shopped in Siem Reap. Most of the items sold in Old Market are similar, t-shirt ranging from USD2 to USD5. Prices given initially was always marked high, but most of the time the shopkeeper will give us a discount if the price offered is reasonable. It’s time to test your “Bargaining” power, but no over bargaining cos the shopkeeper will simply ignore you.

Imagine the amount of dust just by looking at their faces Old market
Old Market - Siem Reap

Quick tips: Do prepare some smaller notes with you! Most of the sellers/drivers normally do not have small change especially for Tuk Tuk ride.

 

Pub Street ~ (Rating: 3/5 )

Two rolls of pubs and restaurants facing each other along Pub Street, reminds me of the shop houses we see in Malaysia and Singapore. The streets are filled with tourists, a nice chilled up place. The pubs ain’t as noisy as what I expected, but when u walked passed it you would be able to hear drum beats to the music.

Police blocked all vehicles from going through the street in the evening. Food served from restaurants along Pub Street is slightly more expensive compared to the local stalls. A course meal for one person cost between USD3 to USD 5 with some restaurants offering one FREE mug of draft beer to go along with your meal! You can get An Angkor draft beer for only USD0.50 during happy hour which starts at 6pm! Most of the restaurants are equipped with free WiFi and big TVs to keep the customer entertained and some even have pool tables as well! Good stuffs!!

Pub Street - Siem Reap

 

Paddy field ATV ride ~ (Rating: 2/5 )

Last morning in Cambodia, we have done something more than just temples. Quad-Adventure provided us with free Tuk Tuk pick-up from guesthouse, a tavern lookalike located about 15 minutes away from The Villa.

With full of excitement, we started the ride after a short safety briefing given by our instructor (the owner I believe), about an hour journey riding though the villages, markets and rice paddies, waving to the friendly villages whenever we passed by.

The ride was not difficult at what we expected, rather than we felt a little bit boring when nearer to the end of the ride.

     

Quad-Adventure website: http://www.quad-adventure-cambodia.com/

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My name is Jeff. I enjoy travelling especially with my Nikon D80 capturing the wonders of the world. I am bless with a group of buddies who enjoy travelling like I do. We always source for information and plan our itineraries to ensure splendour trip. Hope you enjoy reading our trip adventures! Some snapshot of my trip
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