The next morning we headed out to see Cambodia's largest floating village which is made up mostly of Vietnamese families. Like the village on stilts, this village is self sufficient and totally mobile. moving around depending on the depths of the lake. Most in the village work in the fish industry or in support of it in some way. The locals were all very friendly and seemed to enjoy waving to the funny looking tourists as much a we enjoyed them. Like all small towns, they had shops, gas stations, schools, and religious houses. The only thing it was missing was a medical facility, but a large and very high tech boat could be seen on the outskirts of the village. Our captain told us that it is a medical facility owned by a private individual who has the boat make rounds of the villages on the lake so they have access to medical help at least at some of the time.
Our final stop for the day before heading to Phnom Penh was Cambodia's old capital, Oudong, where the royal Stupas (burial chambers) can be seen from some distance. We climbed 509 steps, no I did not count, I took the captain's word, and was rewarded with an amazing view. The funny things was, while we are all huffing and puffing, local children were running up and down the stairs like it was nothing! At the top we also saw the ruins of the Anthareu Temple which were impressive. On the way down I carried Charlie on my back, if we'd let him go at his own speed, we'd still be there! Lucas some how got talked into carrying Lily down. Needless to say, my calves were a bit sore the next day. I hate steps, give me a bike any day! That night we said goodbye to the captain and our new friends before heading to our hotel in Phnom Penh. Amazingly, I'd had the forethought to make dinner reservations. The kids were each given a small gift and we all enjoyed a fabulous meal of Khmer cuisine. It was a unique Christmas that will always have a special place in my heart.