In honour of our PM knighting a Prince for largely keeping out of our way for six decades - we pretty much stayed indoors on the 26th.
This was necessary as the laughter of the many non-Australian Tourists can be downright cruel.
The morning sun on the 27th heralded a 35 degree day and that, coupled with the incredibly loud morning assembly music from the school next door, saw us up and about earlier than the optimum time of 7:30 a.m.
Off again with Borith and his 'chopped' Daewoo Tuk Tuk. He had painted one of the front doors overnight and it now sports a very good representation of Phnom Sampeau.
We visited a home-based rice paper operation - the lady involved churns out 1,500 pieces per day. These sell in bundles of 100 for USD $2.00.
Our next stop was at a local fish market / fish paste manufacturing site - a bit smelly I have to say. All the fish come from the local river as there are no fish farms as such. One interesting case of diversification - 'mouse' farming (see the photo). I must say they were rather large mice, all caught in the rice fields.
Next, sticky rice in bamboo preparation - a popular tasty treat in Cambodia.
Last stop on our short tour was at Wat Damrey Sar - the oldest Wat in Battambang. It managed to survive Pol Pot only because the man in charge at the time simply ignored orders to destroy it - a singularly brave thing to do.