I woke up very early in the morning by the sound of the local people. There were speed boats speeding along the river and Monks chatting holy prayers. But today another sound woke me up. It was the sound of a pig getting slaughtered. The boys live right next to a floating pig pen and today early in the morning the cries of the big can be heard. It wasn’t a pretty sight at all. There were also two cats fighting for about 10 minutes, it was very annoying but it was nice to experience the early morning life of the Cambodian people.
We are cursing on the Tonle Sap River and now have joined together with the Tonle Sap Lake. It doesn’t seem like a lake, more like an ocean. It is huge. You cannot see the other side and in the summer it has about 3 thousands cubic kilometers of water, but in the wet season, that number could increase 3 to 4 times, to 12 thousand cubic kilometers of water! It is an amazing creation of nature. It will take us about 1 and a half hours to reach Siem Reap. There we will visit a crocodile farm where we are feeding live chickens to the crocodiles. It might sound cruel but you definitely wont see it anywhere else. After we check into our hotels we would visit local markets and start to do some shopping then go to bed early cause we are going to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat tomorrow morning.
I am finally sleeping on dry land tonight, after 3 days sleeping on floating boats and villages it is a very good feeling. We got to the port at around 10:30 in the morning and drove to down town Siem Reap. The hotel was a nice and small hotel without an elevator and we lived on the 4th floor so we had to carry all of our stuff up which was quite a tiring job. We were given an hour to freshen up under a real shower and warm water. It wasn’t something I missed but I definitely enjoyed the experience.
Mexican was for lunch, everyone was very hungry and when the food came, it was eaten in minutes. It was the first real food that we had for days and it was one of the best. After eating, we went to check out the old market. It contained lots of different goodies. I brought two pairs of pants which are very comfy and light, I got it for 5 bucks each which was a good bargain. I also brought other stuff like bracelets for my friends back in Bangkok.
Then some people decided to go to see the crocodile farm but others just wanted to get some ice-cream. This is when we split up. I went to the crocodile farm because I wanted to feed a live chicken to a crocodile. Its a cruel thing to do but it is once in a live time thing. We arrived at the farm, and there were at least a thousand crocodiles lying under the sun waiting to strike. We brought the chicken for 10 dollars even though its a rip off, but the experience was definitely worth it. Theres a video that I took and click here to take a look.
After the crocodile farm, we wanted to relax a bit so we went to the fish spa. The fish spa was very weird, the fishes would bit your toes like and it was very ticklish. I couldn’t stand it at first, but soon got use to it. The weird thing was that the fishes love to bite your scab, because there are skin groaning around that part. It hurts a lot when they bite that place so I would always push them away when they start to bite it. After the fish spa, we walked around the market again and crossed the river to the other side where another market was. It has pretty much the same thing as the other market but the products here come in greater quantities and sizes.
Dinner was at 6 o’clock because we are going to have Cambodian BBQ. This BBQ was different from others because it contained some very uncommon meat. There was crocodile, ostrich and snake. Sadly the kangaroo meat ran out so it was a bummer. The crocodile was very thick and hard to chew on, it was like bubble gum. Ostrich was very soft and easy to eat. It is defiantly my favorite. The snake was very different, because it was like not soft as ostrich and not hard as crocodile, it was in the middle, but it was nice. The BBQ dinner was the best food we had in Cambodia, and I don’t think I can taste these meat anywhere else.
We were very filling after dinner so we decided to go for a walk. The night life of the Siem Reap was very loving and filled with fun, there were bars around every corner. But we needed to wake up early tomorrow to see the sun rise so everyone went to bed very early.