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Some of you may have seen a similar image when I first started posting. I have a rather lengthy travelogue to go with this, if you have some times and are interested in reading.

Other than sight seeing, the main reason I went to Cambodia is to find my mother childhood hometown. She told me her family live on a boat house, a small floating village. She told me the name of the nearest town, Gek Jea. I look it up on the maps and could not find it, nothing even sounded close. She couldn’t really show me on a map neither since she couldn’t read or write. I just assume it’s some small town near Tonle Sap where there are floating villages. So I visit the floating villages on Tonle Sap in Siem Reap. It’s 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 similar to 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 the next day and stayed for the whole afternoon. This was very emotional, a bitter sweet moment for me. At the time I just lost my mother for less than a year. I wish I had been there when my mother was still alive, so I could show her the many photos I took here. Better, yet I wish I couldn’t have been here with her.

The tour book does not mention much about this island. If you ever pass by Kratie, other then going to see the river dolphins, you can also visit the island. Other than the floating village, there’s a small community that live on the island farming and planting vegetable in the dry season. It’s 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 circling the island and no car, just bicycles and carts pull by cows. I will post a few photos taken on the island after this one.

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