Cambodia has two seasons: rainy & dry. Late in the dry season, all the water featured in the pictures below is completely gone and people must ascend to their homes on tall bamboo ladders. It's so dry that the village can be accessed by car. Then the rain comes and fills the streets. We visited at the very beginning of the dry season, so the water was at its highest level.
Our tuk-tuk driver drove us about an hour to get here. We hired a private boat for USD$20, which took us out to the village. Then we paid another $5 per person to take a guided row boat tour so we could see the village up close. This was the best part!
- Most don't make it to high school. They don't see the point in staying in school when they can be working and earning money.
- Cambodians marry around age 16 or 17
- A boy who want to marry must prove to the girl's parents that he is capable of caring for her. The boy must pay for the wedding - a huge event for the entire community - which usually costs about USD$5,000. That is a LOT of money in Cambodia. It's no wonder they drop out of school to work when they are young!