Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, and home to many Vietnamese and Cambodians who make their living by fishing the waters of the lake. Their homes are simple single-level boats, often painted brightly, which of course I loved.
I had been in Cambodia for several days by the time we ventured out to the floating village of Chong Kneas on Tonle Sap Lake, which is the closest floating village to Siem Reap. As I looked around at the little boats that made up the floating village, I couldn’t believe how different life was in Cambodia. Simple, colorful, even tempting as I thought about my hectic life back home. Visiting exotic places can sometimes make you long for something different, even if just for a little while.
Overall, I’m glad I live in a sturdy house here in the Arizona desert. But I can’t help but dream about being rocked to sleep every night on a lake, surrounded by bright greens and blues…
Below: Crocodile farming is common on the lake
Below: I’m sure my face says it all, but I’m scared to death in this picture!
*These pictures were scanned from film originals, so the quality is less than ideal.