Day 1 (Part 2/3) – Tonle Sap Floating Village

… continue from Part 1/3 here

3pm – A tuk-tuk offer us US$3 for a trip to Floating Village. We negotiated with him US$5 to floating village and sunset in Angkor Wat. He agreed to it without hesitation. So we hopped on. Upon reaching the village, we were asked to pay US$12 per person for the boat ride to see the real Floating Village. Where we are now is just the jetty. Dang, did I not done my homework properly? How could I over look on the fees for boat ride!

Part of the jetty

I’ve seen the pictures from internet and don’t find the floating village interesting at all. The water is so murky and the village is so run down. Even Pangkor Island is much better than that. And now you ask me to pay a freaking US$12 just to see some ulu kampung? Over my dead body. I came from a kampung la, dude!

So I told the tuk-tuk that we just snap some photographs here and adjourned to Angkor Wat. He’s not happy with the idea. Probably he do get some small commission from it.
“You see here not happy. You go and come back, you happy.”

Happy my foot! Now my pocket is not happy *blueh*. I continue doing my business i.e. snapping the village kids.

They are enjoying themself playing guli (marble). Exactly the same game we the boys played in younger days.

I don’t need money. I need a comb.


You give me one marble. I give you my slipper.

Actually, today is my son’s birthday. He has been asking for Bumble Bee (Transformer). Maybe I should get him an old slipper too *evil laugh*.



3.30pm – After finished snapping photograph, I told the tuk-tuk driver:

“Why don’t we go Angkor Wat for sunset.”

“Here also got sunset. Nice.”

“No. I want Angkor Wat. Here not nice.”

“Angkor Wat far from here. Here sunset beautiful.”

This time I know kena con liao and I was darn mad at him. I don’t see a point arguing with him.

“Ok. Nevermind. Since no Angkor Wat, I pay you your actual price US$3. You sent us back to Old Market.”


Kanasai that felle. First day already get con by them! Luckly we are still early for sunset. I can always get another tuk-tuk to go Angkor Wat.

Someone go slap him for me, please!

Remember this number – 0450. If you see him, don’t use his service. Big con man. I have not finish with his con story yet.

When we reach our hotel instead of Old Market, I gave him US$3. He refused to accept it. He said it was supposed to be US$5. I said no Angkor Wat so back to US$3. And he go bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla US$4. I’m so tired with his antic and arguing on my holiday is not what I’ve wanted. Finally I paid him US$4. *sigh…..


He spoil my mood and I have to pulled a sour face stomping in to the hotel but was greeted by this every friendly and helpful front desk reception. He ask, “Sunset at 4.30pm?”

I jumped,“Yes!” …. and wait, “How much for sunset?”



We hopped on another tuk-tuk that was waiting outside.

Sunset! Finally! *keeping our finger cross that this tuk-tuk doesn’t con us again*

… Coming up, Part 3 – Sunset in Phnom Bakheng Hill.

p/s: Yes, I can tell people that I’ve been to the Floating Village. But kanasai jetty only.

pp/s: From now on, you will hear lots of kanasai from me. Cos these people really con us kau-kau. They really kanasai wan.

ppp/s: Kanasai = Like shit!

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  1. wuching said,

    September 21, 2007 @ 9:30 pm

    aiyo lidat where got fun?

  2. Kyels said,

    September 21, 2007 @ 10:28 pm

    Interesting. I guess all tourist spots are the same. People do business there and they always try to “earn more”.

  3. laymank said,

    September 22, 2007 @ 2:05 am

    haiz…what a bummer, they are just there at the wrong time, right place to ruin your travel fun. 🙁

    so sorry to hear that, no wonder you said you can’t wait to get home.

  4. sila said,

    September 22, 2007 @ 11:28 pm

    you took pictures of some pretty hardworking children there, too. not just the ones playing guli (aiyo i used to play guli too, not just the boys).

    too bad about the tourist trade…always want to katok the tourists… 🙁

  5. Jan said,

    September 23, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

    wah…got to do lots of homework before you venture out there lor, or else, lots of people waiting to con you…..

    our kids life too good lar, they can never imagine how poor thing other kids can be…..haiz

  6. Lil said,

    September 23, 2007 @ 9:53 pm

    if i ever go there, note to self, must bring tape recorder so i have proof of the conversation – i ain’t going to pay more than agreed!

  7. athena said,

    September 24, 2007 @ 8:40 am

    hmm….i dunno whether i can accept such a holiday with so many kids crowding you asking you for money!!! it’s slightly on the depressing side le…

  8. Bernard said,

    September 24, 2007 @ 9:45 am

    Good photos of the kids. Working hard.

  9. Simple American said,

    September 25, 2007 @ 6:13 am

    *slaps 0450*

    That felt good!

    So what size sandle do you want for your son? I got all sizes here ready to recylce. Happy birthday to him too. 🙂

  10. Eden said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 12:35 pm

    When you see 0450 face also you will feel like ‘SLLLLAAAAAPPPING’ him….

  11. Hijack Queen » Day 1 (Part 3/3) - Sunset at Phnom Bakheng Hill said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

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