Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Siem Reap Road Trip to Phnom Krom Area

After lunch, we hopped into Sophorns van for a little road trip. Sophorn took us out to a small village near Phnom Krom, on the outskirts of Siem Reap. We didn't want to go somewhere were there was just a constant flow of voyeuristic tourists crowding the locals, and this village appeared, at least, to be happy to see us arrive.

Driving past some road side stalls on the way out of town. While we didn't see rooftop solar systems on anywhere near the scale we see in Australia, it was quite common to see street vendors set up with a solar panel or two, presumably to charge phones and other small electrical devices.

The water level can rise dramatically here, so the houses are built up on stilts, lifting them a couple of metres off the ground and placing the entry at road level.

Many of the locals have little roadside restaurants on their front balconies, or next to their houses.

Another view of the same roadside restaurant as above.

This little store was selling snacks and drinks.

So much food on offer at these stalls, and a huge variety, I really do wish we'd tried some of it.

These were barbecued rats on skewers, caught fresh in the fields and cooked up for passers by.

I could never work out how, with so many together, these stall owners were able to make a living, but they lined the roads here. Mind you, there is a temple not far away, so maybe they get busy at certain times of the day.

The gate at the entry to Phnom Krom, the stalls here seemed to be quite busy when we visited.

A pond full of lotus, these flowers are farmed around Siem Reap and Phnom Krom and are in constant demand from businesses and also sold to be used as offerings at the many temples in Cambodia.

Street scene near Phnom Krom, on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia.

This house looked like it was available for sale, although it does need a fair bit of work.

Sophorn explained that due to the lotus farms here, this was an area Siem Reap locals would visit for special occasions, buying food from the stalls and heading out to picnic in some little huts with a view of the lotus ponds.

These smaller villages are a great place to visit and if we'd been staying longer, I reckon I would have taken a few more chances with the roadside food and bought a few things to try here. As it was, it would be another couple of days before I got my next roadside food fix here in Cambodia.

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