A Travellerspoint blog

January 2012

My good deed for the trip

On this trip, I brought coloring books and crayons to donate at a public primary school in Phnom Penh. Even though it's a public school, education is not free in Cambodia and parents still have to pay for their child to attend school. Very poor families can only afford to put their children into elementary school and after that they end up dropping out and finding employment to help support their family. The classroom was very small and there were no tables. The children used their laps to write and color on. Even the playground in the courtyard looked rather unsafe to use. It's definitely a very humbling experience.

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A village that floats

Kampong Phluk or the Floating Village is a cluster of stilt houses built upon the flood plains of Lake Tonle Sap. The villagers life is based on the ebb and flow of this mammoth lake. There is a school, courthouse and police building on stilts in this community all submerged in water. It's worth the trip to hire a boat for the morning for a close up look on the lakeside village life.

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Commoners welcomed

Cambodia has a constitutional monarchy. For those not familiar with this type of government, imagine the Queen of England and her status. For over the last century, the Royal Palace has been the residence of the current king and his father before him. It's a beautiful complex with several yellow-colored structures enclosed within high walls that secludes it from the hustle and bustle of the riverfront that sits outside of the building. If you're a foreigner, you will have to pay a whopping $3.00 admission fee to visit the grounds and locals are of course free. Please keep in mind when visiting the Royal Palace and any religious buildings such as temples and shrines, always remove your shoes, hats and sun glasses.

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