During our visit to Siem Reap, we also visited a little village comprising of 240 families, which was just next door to our hotel. Our guide was a lady from the village who told us about day-to-day life of these villagers. We learned that their main concern is food. They have their own rice fields, but there is always the risk of flooding.
Most families live in colttages like these. Often built on stilts for extra protection from floods.
Many children were walking around the village. Many very happy and engaging.
Like this little girl, who loved waving at us and run after us.
The camera is very interesting too and they loved to be photographed!
A lady doing the washing the traditional way…
Traditional toys, like a catapult is still very fun and this boy was a master shooter!
A scarecrow to scare away the demons.
There weren’t that many animals, apart from many chicken, but here are a few.
This looks like a comfortable place to sleep!
Even this little village had a temple of their own. There was also a school and a little medical centre.
This is the local cemetery. Only some bones are buried here.
The village is often helped by an NGO and schools from Singapore and elsewhere sometimes come to build houses here. This house was bult from recycled bottles filled with plastic. My son was especially fascinated with this as he knows that he too will soon go out and build houses. It was clear that the effort was much appreciated by the villagers.
My son was also fascinated with the many geckos and frogs you find everywhere. These 2 were found in the outside bathing area of our hotel.
We had a wonderful time in Cambodia and were amazed by the friendliness of the people, quite possible the friendliest people in Asia. Be sure to visit Cambodia some time. For larger versions of the images, you can check them out on Flickr as well.