Cambodia’s Floating Villages: Straight, No Chaser

Floating village in Cambodia

Across the Mekong river from Phnom Penh, lies one of the many Vietnamese ‘floating’ villages in Cambodia. These communities of ethnic Vietnamese formed on the river because according to the government they are not considered Cambodian citizens, and by law cannot own land in Cambodia. So they built their ‘floating’ homes on stilts above the water (technically not built on Cambodian land!).Post Magazine published an interesting article about this.

On our second day visiting Phnom Penh late last year, we took a car ferry over to visit this village as a part of a half day photography tour that I had joined. I found this to be an intriguing, visually exciting (thus the photography tour), but morally confusing experience. Should we be taking tours that profit by taking tourists into the backyards and peeking into houses of some of the most downtrodden people in the country? On the other hand, it is perhaps not a bad thing for the outside world to be aware (even if it is through tourism) of these floating vietnamese communities- who have been completely abandoned by the country they call home. The villagers themselves didn’t seem to be bothered by us at all- in fact the villagers were all smiles, and children were very playful and loved having their photo taken.

 

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MFV Travel Diary: a Great Ocean Road weekend

Last weekend I planned a (semi) surprise weekend away for P’s birthday. We spent the weekend away from Melbourne exploring the Great Ocean Road between Geelong and Warrnambool.

Geelong

We drove to Geelong after work, about 1hr from Melbourne CBD, and arrived in time for dinner at a restaurant I booked for us called Ripples. The restaurant itself was nothing to write home about, but we had a nice night.

We even got to see some local nocturnal fauna out and about that night, chatting up the bouncers and showing remarkable gross motor skills on their 7 inch heels given their blood alcohol level.

Good morning Geelong waterfront

Good morning Geelong waterfront

 

After breakfasting in Geelong, P and I started our drive towards Torquay, which is the start of the Great Ocean Road. Unfortunately for us, the weather left much to be desired, with rain and fog enveloping the majority of the drive between Geelong and Port Campbell.

Great Ocean Road!

Great Ocean Road!

Great Ocean Road: less than ideal weather conditions.

Great Ocean Road: less than ideal weather conditions.

 

Apollo Bay

Apollo bay is a gorgeous little sea side town along the Great Ocean Road, and the only place outside of Tasmania where I’ve managed to find a SCALLOP PIE. I’ve said this many times and I’ll say it again: If you have not had a scallop pie- you have not lived.

 

Spoilt sheep on the hill overlooking Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road

Spoilt sheep on the hill overlooking Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road

 

We took a detour  through Cape Otway National Park to see the famous Cape Otway Lighthouse, and halfway down the dirt road, we noticed a group of excited tourists pointing to the trees and taking photos. Turned out that the trees in the area were populated by KOALAS.

I’ve lived in Australia all my life, and I have NEVER seen koalas out in the wild before this.

I lost my shit.

I was there for what must have been half an hour, taking photos with the other tourists on the road, pointing and squealing like a schoolgirl.

 

 

Koalas in the wild: Cape Otway national park

Koalas in the wild: Cape Otway national park

 

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