If you are in Battambang, taking a trip down the Sangker River with Green Orange Kayaks is a great way to experience the country side from a different perspective. Green Orange Kayaks is a local, sustainable business run by the Friends Economic Development Association (FEDA) in Ksach Poy village (about 7km) from Battambang on the road to Wat Banan. The trip starts at Ksach Poy, where I met Sokha from Green Orange Kayaks as planned at 7:30am and gives a great opportunity to see Cambodian life along the river banks. The trip takes you through small farms and terraced vegetable gardens, traditional fishing techniques, then through the riverside village of Slarkram with a large Cham community and small fishing boats. Along the way there are plenty of opportunities to chat with local people going about their daily business, including a group of young children who swam out and spent about 10 minutes talking with me and taking the opportunity to practice their backflips into the water from the kayak (they were very careful not to tip the kayak though!) The journey ended in Battambang across from the central markets where I was met by Sokha about 10am. A thoroughly enjoyable experience on a slow downstream current (the river is quite low at this time of year) and the early morning start avoided the heat of the day. It also supports a local small business initiative so it was also a good opportunity to give something back while having fun! I cheerfully recommend this trip.
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