I was really looking forward to this trip and I think in general it was nice to see how different people live and how their lives differ greatly from mine.
I thought the trip was fairly expensive for what it was. Especially if you take into consideration how cheap most things are in this region. We paid $18 per person for a trip that lasted about an hour. The majority of the trip was us cruising along the river with not much to see. We had a guy on the boat with us who said he was a volunteer and lives in the floating village and likes to do this to practice his English and he studdies in the afternoons. His English was good and he answered all our questions really well.
When we approached the lake we rode slowly through the village and past peoples houses. We then went to the a shop which basically just sold rice, noodles as well as some other basic provisions and were asked if we wanted to buy a large bag of rice for the school at a price of $65, when we told them we didn't have that kind of money to spend on a bag of rice they then said they could charge it to our hotel, when we said no we were rudely told to get off the shop boat and go. We then went to the school and had a brief look around, got back on our boat and went back to the jetty.
We were then asked for a tip even before we had a chance to offer one.
Yes it's lovely to see the village but constantly being asked to donate money made me wary and did make me feel like it was a bit of a rip off. Also the fact that there were many other trips going on at the same time makes me wonder where does all the money go to that the tourists pay for the trip???
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