After exploring the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park, my friend and I agreed to go to another nice place that was less-crowded or perhaps anti-mainstream. Since I did not have any idea at all then I asked the tuk-tuk driver if there were any other interesting places . He replied enthusiastically, saying yes and he would be glad to bring us there.
It’s less than 24 hours being together with him exploring the temples in Angkor complex, we felt the kindness of the tuk-tuk driver. Both of us trusted in him that he would bring us to the places we wanted. So after having our very late lunch, we got in the tuk-tuk which was relatively too small for our big bodies 🙂 and went away…
So after a while, we’re leaving the city center of Siem Reap and he took the small roads. We did not know the directions, but from what we saw, we’re going to rural areas. Then the tuk-tuk driver took the dirt roads, although it’s wide enough and we saw some cars and motorbikes, meaning he took the right direction.
When the cars passing by, the dust flew up into the air. But we’re still grateful because it’s not too dusty during the month of July. I thought we’re in the perfect time, not too dusty and not too muddy. I could not imagine how dusty it would be during summer and how muddy it would be during monsoon. Perhaps it’s better to go there by private-car not a tuk-tuk during that season.
It’s already 30 minutes on the road, we had still not reached the place. But the scenery became so beautiful. We saw rice fields and palm trees. It’s very green (and I thought the similar scenery in my own home country!) What a beautiful green is on Earth.
30 minutes more, we’re in still in rural area… It’s already one hour on the road by this tuk-tuk. Then a traditional stilt house came in sight, meaning, we’re almost there.
We saw many more stilt houses, some people and children… Some of the children noticed us curiously and instantly we’re waving them. They smiled and waving back. A heart-warming welcome to Kampong Phluk, a village that’s located in the bank of Tonle Sap, the great lake of Cambodia.
Our destination was Tonle Sap, but it’s only a destination. The journey itself was beautiful… the not-too-dusty on the dirt roads, the green paddies fields and palm trees, the clouds on blue sky, the stilt houses, and the smiles of people along the way. Those all were so priceless.
This post was written in response to the weekly challenge from Celina’s Blog, Srei’s Notes, Cerita Riyanti, and also A Rhyme In My Heart, which is the 46th week of 2020 has the theme of Along, so we are encouraged ourselves to write articles weekly. If you are interested to take part in this challenge, we welcome you… and of course we will be very happy!