like in any country, Cambodia has beggars and there is quite a number of them here since the country is one of the lowest per capita income countries in the world, Only bangladesh and haiti is lower than Cambodia and the main factor in these is the countless Indo China Wars that the country got involved whether it liked it or not plus the vietnam war and the Pol Pot Genocide of the 1970's and the Civil War that ended in 1993. You can see beggars a lot here at Siem Reap and also at the Angkor Complex and HERE at the Tonle Sap area. They are the most persistent at the Tonle Sap Area than in Siem Reap proper. They usually ask 1 dollar from you. Most of the Beggars in Chnong Keas Floating Village come from the Nearby Kampong Pluk.
- Budget Travel
In the Tonle Sab area we had to cross wetlands with lots of bushes. The canals were sometimes very narrow. It was an amazing part of our route, though its was a pity we didn't see as many birds as we wished.
A few times we had to pass other oncoming boats. It was not very difficult to pass the narrow boats, but sometimes our boat or the other boat had to give way by going into the bushes, so the other one could pass very carefully.
- Sailing and Boating
During our boattrip in the Tonle Sab area we had to cross very shallow water at some places. Once we were aground and it was not easy to get out of the mud and this shallow water.
The shipmate had to go out of the boat to find out how the boat could reach the channel at the other side of the houses at poles.... without destroying the nets of the local people.
It seemed we had to make a big detour, but nobody seemed to tell us how and where we had to go. Finally a local fisherman in a narrow boat showed us the way, so we could continue our trip.