Today we all had a big sleep in as yesterdays adventures were quite exhausting. Christine and I went to find some brunch and both decided on Pizza.
after lunch I went for a short stroll around the streets of Siem Reap before we met up with the group for our half day afternoon tour to the Floating Villages. Our private bus took us out there and the sight was just un-imaginable. All these houses were built on water. We hopped on our boat and went through Cambodia's largest Lake. All the locals were busy with their daily work with people selling food and drinks, washing their clothes, kids happily swimming about and families catching their meals for the week ahead.
We stopped in the middle of the lake and just before I changed into my swimmers a small boat came alongside ours with a little baby, a child that looked no more than the age of four and obviously her father. "one dollar for 2 banana's" she continuously quoted. Then someone yelled from our boat, is that a snake? and as we looked into the boat, there was their pet snake. The father muttered something to the child and within a blink of an eye she had whipped up the snake in her arms and wrapped it around her. She pretende to throw it into our boat and giggled at our screams! I couldn't believe how she was handling the snake and soon a few of us were having a go at holding the snake.
Some of us had a bit of a swim which was really refreshing. We then ahd a short stop before the end of the tour where we saw many crocodiles and had a look at a few of the stores. Just before we headed back to our hotel we kicked back at a quiet Hammock Bar overlooking the wetlands and watched the sunset with all of us with a beer in hand.
For dinner, a few of us decided to go to the butterfly bar but when we got there, we saw only one butterfly but many bugs crawling or biting us so we decided to got to the Dead Fish instead. The place was amazing as it used to be an old crocodile farm. The owners didn't want to give them away to poachers, nor could they set them free in the wild as they wouldn't have survived. So instead they made a restaurant and the crocodile became a local attraction.
We were seated on cushions on the floor. Each table was on a different level and there were many stairs leading to each one. It was quite high so we had a good view of the rest of the restaurant. There were many lights and drinks and food were served on a pulley system.
Next I headed for the night markets. I also had a go at this so called "Dr Fish: wehre 1000's of little fish enjoy sucking at our dead skin and giving you a massage at the same time. But I could not stand it one bit! A few people have some bad photos of my facial expressions!