On our second day we decided to go to the floating village. After negotiating we both hopped onto the back of a moto for the hour or so journey as there wasn't a tuk tuk in sight. With our driver we arrived at the port where we hired a boat for eight dollars. Our moto driver was really keen to come so we all jumped into the boat and disembarked. If our expectations had been put into check by the bamboo train then this certainly exceeded them. I think I was expecting a few canal boats hugging the shore, but instead there was an entire civilisation living out on the water with practically everything you would see in a normal village! There were phone shops, a petrol station, churches a school and many homes and other businesses. We spent an hour going round and afterwards our arms and throats were tired from all the waving and greeting to everybody we sailed past. There were women beating the remaining fish from their nets and gatherings in public halls, just on the water. The whole thing was totally bizarre but a great place to visit and well worth the trip, I challenge anybody to find a more authentic and exciting floating village and I don’t say that lightly. We finished up with a can of coke each at one of the port cafes then enjoyed the ride home as the sun was setting. The driver positively lit up as we handed him twelve dollars for the day’s work, although I think he secretly enjoyed the trip as much as we did.
|Kate and the boat driver|
|Beating the fish from the nets|
|The local phone shop (one of many!)|
|Taken at a bar with the scared little boy (now brave)|