We’ll round up our Cambodia boat journey series on this highly picturesque river with a selection of typical Sangkar River landscapes. We do feel that photos, or at least our photos, don’t really do the scenery justice though. It’s not like trying to capture a beach, mountain or say a sunset – these are such broad vistas and 360-degree landscapes with marshes and waterscapes stretching off to the horizon in every direction. Even the skies seem bigger here!
Anyway here are some of our efforts but ideally, you should check it out for yourselves!?
Check our post on the fascinating Saray water hyacinth weaving project in Prek Toal floating village which seeks to provide alternative employment and revenue for local families who are otherwise limited to fishing, fishing and more fishing.
Traditionally the floating houses are constructed with plaited bamboo or reed walls, palm leaf roofs and with thick bamboo sections forming the raft bases. Today tin replaces the palm roofs, plaster-board the bamboo walls and large plastic barrels are used to increase the rafts’s buoyancy. Not quite so picturesque perhaps but a lot easier to build and maintain.
Etiquette obliges boats to slow down when passing through these villages – primarily to cut down on wash but with the side benefit of facilitating photography.
The appearance of dry land signals our approach to Battambang.
That’s all for our Sangkar River landscapes post and you can find details of, and links to, all our trips that feature the superb river boat journey at this Cambodia tours link.