Three Outstanding Floating Villages in Siem Reap

Kampung Phluk – a privileged world

While traveling to Angkor Wat, holidaymakers can’t overlook Kampung Phluk for its incomparable on-water world. Kampung Phluk is practically situated at the border of the Tonle Sap Lake and entirely rounded by mangrove forests, where annually the waterline ascends and descends devolving on the time of year.

Tourists will utterly be overawed as it hits the site of ordered mansions built upon bamboo piles, seated 10 meters preceding the water. The ambiance is soaked up in an assortment of distinctive salty flavor, adding up from fish, crocodile and piggeries nearby. The village has all the ethnical and cultural places for its occupants – a temple, a stupa to retain the ashes of the bygone, a monastery, and schools. There is no western infirmary, and the residents still choose their conventional medicine for insignificant sicknesses.

On the wet season, the lake spills over and outpourings the region surrounding it. That is the intense cause of why local mansions adopt the exceptional construction. The Cambodian villagers conform to the annual alteration by adapting the elevation of their houses hinging upon the waterline.

On the dry season, the waterline declines so drastically that visitor can actually move on ground. The villagers frequently make use of the accessible solid space to dry their shrimp. After the shrimp are preserved, they’re flavored and subsequently boxed to be traded.

When the gravy holder tardily proceeds far into the village, visitors will discover the amicable Cambodian on-water living. The denizens are meddling washing togs, dealing, stripping freshly caught fish, whilst few are unwinding in the house secured from the blistering sunlight. Ultimately, after dropping once in the village, don’t depart Kampung Phluk without having a look at the eminent Tonle Sap Lake, which is just a couple of minutes boat ride off.

Kampong Khleang – a fresh river shore

Kampong Khleang is placed along the northern lake-edge approximately 55 km east of Siem Reap town, less accessible and fewer holidaymaker than Kampong Pluk. Visitors to Kampong Khleang during the dry season are universally overawed by the woodland of artificial houses rearing to 10 meters in the air. In wet season the waters address one or two meters of the constructions. Like Kompong Pluk, Kompong Khleang is an ageless residential area inside the floodplain of the Lake, with an economic system supported by angling and enclosed by flooded forest. Only Kompong Khleang is importantly broader with almost 10 times the population of Kompong Pluk, pulling round the biggest community along the Lake.

The region can be got through by charter boat from the Chong Khneas pier needs around 2 and an one-half hours or by a compounding of road to Domdek on Route 6 needs one and a 30 minutes arrive at the pier then come across a waterman ride another one hour to the village, the finest way devolving on the season. During the dry season, boats can’t get all of the way to the intense villages.

Chong Kneas – A well-constructed drifting settlement

Chong Kneas is a drifting settlement at the border of the Tonle Sap Lake that’s more touristy than Kampung Phluk and Kampong Khleang. It’s among the outstanding attractions in Siem Reap, approximately 20 – 30 minutes from the province’s heart. The path to this village is ran along with magnetic paddies, stilted houses and the Phnom Krom hill – which has an ancient temple at the top. As getting into the village, the initiative matter that strikes visitors will be quarrels of tourist boats tailed.

There’s a seemingly-most notable Cambodian school in that village. That pupils get to school by boat brings in humorous scenery. The school even owns a divided drifting hoops courtyard and emphatically, visitors can’t conceive of how it was capable of being constructed. The cautionary rails along the slopes of the courtyard restrain the ball and participants inwardly.

Also, don’t drop out on the catfish farm – plausibly the ‘spotlight’ of the Chong Kneas visit. Visitors hold the opportunity to fertilize them. There’s also a crocodile farm with around ten crocodile right adjacent to the fish farm. A tremendous eyeshot of the Tonle Sap Lake and the drifting settlement can be caught from the second or third floor of the farm.

Pets – How They Are Taken Care of in South Indian Villages?

Thinking of Pets – they are not just animals. We can come across innumerable true stories of Pets being brought up in the family in the western countries. They become members of the family; and there is no dearth of stories of dogs being named as heirs, after the death of their wealthy owners there. The intimacy between pets and their owners is beyond description. No wonder, you can come across hundreds of thousands of sites on the Net dedicated exclusively for Pet care; dog foods; clinics; clubs; pedigree this and that.

Although people keep assorted varieties of pets – from snakes, birds, and even crocodiles – dogs to a large extent, followed by cats, are most prominent in the Pets list. It may look funny – people while searching for rental residences, take specific attention to see, whether their respective pet will be allowed with them; if not they forsake even very good offers of comfortable residences and look elsewhere.

Similarly, niches of websites that give suggestions, tips and ideas towards pets brought up at home are immensely popular; so also the industry doing business in food items for pets is minting millions every year – all because of the attachment prevalent between these animals (some may frown by calling them animals!) and their owners.

Broadly one can surmise how pets are so popular and greater in numbers in the western countries, owing to their affordability – the economic condition that is. In countries like India, where millions of families are still suffering from difficulty to make both ends meet, particularly in the villages, this trend of vast number of pets is absent.

It does not mean they do not love pets; the bond existing between home animals and human beings are one and the same everywhere; only thing is affordability, which prohibits them from adding up the size of the family through pets. However, pets are grown in many families in the villages – for example dogs rather than cats – for serving an additional purpose of safety, from intruders and other wild animals during nights, to harm the house or cattle.

Village people are not that educated, to follow all the care and caution in bringing up pets, like their counterparts in cities and other countries. There is no Dog-care Clinic existing in villages either. Yet if you visit villages in South India, you will be amazed to see dogs in homes are so fondly loved as one of the family members; they eat whatever the family eats – no specialized or highly priced dog-foods, as in the case of westerners.

Rice being the core food for South Indians – village pet-dogs eat anything made of rice and of course the bones and meat thrown as residues, after satisfying the appetite of family as a whole. There may not be special kernels exclusively for them; and they can lie down outside the house and be vigilant during nights. No special bathing; combing; trimming done for them and they live with nature, as their owners in villages do.

Yet – invariably these dogs get an individual name – similar to the kids of the family; they come running wherever they are from, once they are called by their names. And they are in no way inferior to the show of affection, friendship and gratitude, any pedigree dog will do towards their owners.

The Victorian Village of Ferndale

Nestled in the fertile farmlands of the California North Coast, surrounded by forests of towering Coast Redwoods and far from the tourists of any major California attraction, is the quaint little town of Ferndale. First settled in the mid 1800′s, Ferndale has a large collection of Victorian storefronts and homes which earned the entire town a California Historical Landmark #883 and the nickname, ‘Victorian Village of Ferndale’. A walk down Main Street is a trip back in time when locals rode in on wagon, purchased dry goods from the local mercantile store, meats from the butcher and stopped off at the hotel saloon before heading back to the ranch. Today, Ferndale welcomes visitors with a handful of historic hotels, phenomenal restaurants and boutique shops.

Ferndale was first settled by early emigrants from all over Europe. They were experienced dairymen who supplied the region with much-needed milk, cream and butter. The wealth of the dairy industry affixed the phrase “Butterfat Palaces” to some of Ferndale’s most exquisite Victorian homes. To this day, Ferndale has a strong heritage of Portuguese descendants and every year they celebrate the Portuguese Holy Ghost Festival – a tradition that was carried over from the Azores. Other Ferndale celebrations include the Humboldt County Fair, Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade and the oh-so-wacky Kinetic Sculpture Race.

You won’t find hotel chains or restaurants in Ferndale. Accommodations include historic hotels and Victorian homes. We stayed at the Hotel Ivanhoe, an Old West-style hotel that was once a stagecoach stop that has a popular restaurant & bar. Other noteworthy hotels include the Gingerbread house, a Victorian mansion that was once the home of the town doctor and the Victorian Inn, a large Victorian-era hotel that is exquisitely maintained. For dinner, we thoroughly enjoyed the Hotel Ivanhoe Restaurant. They are well-known throughout the region for their gourmet renditions of traditional Italian cuisine. After dinner we ended up in the adjacent bar where some very friendly locals suggested all the things to see and do in the area. On their suggestion, we headed to Humboldt Sweets the next morning where we found irresistible cinnamon rolls, scones, lemon bars and plenty of other sinful delights. Although we didn’t give it a try on this visit, word on Main Street was that the Ferndale Meat Co. made some of the best deli sandwiches to be had. Also on Main Street is the Golden Gait Mercantile, a traditional dry goods store that carries unique souvenirs and goodies like local jams, packaged soups, old-time candy, homemade soaps and much more. The floor has a prominent buckle and wires strung across the shelves to keep stock from falling… a reminder that Ferndale resides in active earthquake territory. A few doors down, the Ferndale Repertory Theatre presents theatrical plays and dance on weekends. Other than that, the juke box and occasional live music at the Hotel Ivanhoe Bar is about it for nighttime entertainment in town.

The Victorian Village of Ferndale is located 5-hours north of San Francisco at the northern edge of the Lost Coast, one of the least visited regions of California. Although few take the time to make it this far up the California coast, this region has plenty of beauty and interesting sites. Take a stroll down Main Street through the brightly colored Victorian storefronts, enjoy a good meal and pick up a locally-made gift. Visit the Pioneer Cemetery where Portuguese, Italian, Danish and other early immigrants are buried. Tour the Loleta Cheese Factory to see how cheese is produced from the sweet milk to the final packaging. Enjoy a microbrew beer at the award-winning Eel River Brewing Company. Savor fresh squeezed cider as it’s been made since 1916 at Clendenen’s roadside cider works. Snap a sunrise shot of the picturesque Centerville Bridge and follow it up with a sunset at Centerville Beach. Be humbled by the majestic redwoods at Humboldt Redwoods and Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Parks. Ferndale is one of those few vacation destinations that can easily instill rejuvenation. The relaxing nature of Ferndale will surely have you planning another visit.