Yea so you have to pay to do this...worth every penny to us, had a great time, after reading the reviews we were a little hesitant because so many felt they were scammed... we had no problem with our visit, payed the fee..$25 each.....already had that figure in mind so no problem., one can only hope that the the village benefits, I know the woman who paddled us in the forest did cause we gave her a fat tip.. Idled through the main canal of the village and watched the goings on of everyday life as well as seeing the way they have to do things to live on the water, floating gardens, livestock pens and storage of firewood in the trees.
Next was the paddle by a local village woman, It was fantastic, a peaceful paddle through the enchanted flooded forest, she took us on a good 45 minute paddle at $5 per. offical tickets were sold, lots of signage indicating the proceeds going to the local village. As expected we ended up a a cafe, where we enjoyed fresh water snake whipped up with onion, basil & extra chilis, washed down with an ice cold Angkor beer, the chief came out, a young fellow who had been to culinary school in Phnom Penh, we talked cooking and he gave me some insights on the fish and mammals for his ultra fresh fare.... (no price gouging here)...
Our main boat capitan was a character, he invited me up to ride on the bow and to go swimming in Tonle Sap. We took tons of Pic's,.. lucked out with plenty of sun and blue sky .
Saw lots of other tourists, some with smiles some with frowns....engage the people of the country, things will lighten up and a good time will be had.
Tight lines O&O
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