I’m back in Belgium and It’s time for me to try and get all my work done from my amazing trip to Thailand and Cambodia. It has been such a rollercoaster of excursions, hotels, transportation and partying that I decided to enjoy it as much as I could and let the blogposts rest until I got back at my desk.
And today I’m kicking of with a photo diary of one of the most memorable excursions we did on our trip: the floating village of Kompong Pluk. This small fishermen’s village is located about 1hour driving from Siem reap at the end of a very bumpy road!
To reach the village itself be had to take a boat to finally reach our destination. Arriving in Kompong Pluk is like entering a different world. Most of the houses are like bamboo skyscrapers and the village looks like it’s straight out of a film set. After wet season this village is completely flooded until the top of the bamboo pools and peoples get around using small boats and canoes. It is crazy to imagine this kind of phenomenon since the water level can rise about 10 meters.
The people in the village were celebrating a local holiday that day and children where playing in the streets. It was so beautiful to see how pristine this community lives and how talented they are to use their unique location to build a small but vast economy!
Next to Kompong Pluk was the floating forest. Here we took a canoe among the big roots of trees floating in the water. Just incredible to see how nature manages to survive in such harsh conditions and providing a perfect biotope for local animals like many exotic birds, fish and several scary reptiles!
The trip was really lovely and I strongly recommend to visit this place when you are in Siem reap. Don’t just go there for the Angkor Wat temples, but take an extra day and visit this otherworldly place!