Drove up past Wats – stopped to watch women and children making rice dough (for noodles to sell) using fulcrum on a log to soften dough.
Next on to silk farm, mulberry tree plantation and factory. Silkworm cocoons in Cambodia are yellow, rather than the white thread of the ones GirlRob grew in her childhood in Oz. A spinner could weave half a metre a day, a jacquard patterned scarf in 4 days, which sells for US$120; working 6 days a week she earns $60 month.
We looped down to Tonle Sap and took a longtail boat (with fuel in a plastic bottle) to see the floating village. Lake very low in dry season so had great fun on boats sliding closely past and ducking each other’s mud spray to share narrow channel. Saw bamboo dry dock, floating basketball court, church, hardware store. Boat beggars came alongside, parents pushing forward a child with a snake, a woman pleading for a toddler clutched to her.