Photographer's Note

Other than Angkor Wat, I went to Cambodia to find my mother childhood hometown. She told me they live on a house thatís more like a boat, a floating village. She told me the name of the nearest town, Gek Jea. I look it up on the map, nothing even sounded close. she couldnít really show me on a map neither since she couldnít read or write. I just assume itís some small town thatís not even on a map. So I made sure that I visit the floating villages on Tonle Sap in Siem Reap. Itís very much like the way she describe it, except much bigger and more houses, and many tourists. When I pass through Kratie on route to Laos, I asked the driver what they call this town in Cambodian. When he told me Krahtcheh, the way he pronounced it, sounded exactly the way my mother said it. I ask if there is a floating village near by. He said yes, just on the other side of the Island on the Mekong River, pointing toward the island on the river. I went there and stayed for the whole afternoon. There were only about 30 houses or so on the floating village. I wish I had been there when my mother was still alive, so I could show her the many photos I took there. The tour book does not mention much about the island. If you ever pass by Kratie, other then going to see the river dolphins, you can also visit the island. Not in the rainy season though, most of island will be underwater. Other than the floating village, thereís a small community that live on the island farming and planting vegetable in the dry season. Itís worth spending half a day walking around or you can rent a bike from Kratie before going over on the ferry. There is not street just dirt road and not car, just bicycle and cart pull by cow or water buffalo.

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