Silk Island

I have snuck away to a nice little coffee shop that has aircon to write this. Have I mentioned that it's hot in Cambodia? 40 degrees and it feels like 40 degrees. So I'm sitting here enjoying my caramel latte. Trying to figure out why I told Jennifer I would blog.

It was a good day today. We went to a small island called Silk Island, locally known as Koh Dach. Yes, it is known for its silk. It was a bit of a drive, but it was a good way to see some of Phnom Phen as well as some of the countryside. I got to ride on the back of a motorcycle for about 4 hours today. It was enjoyable, but my backside was sore by the time we got back. And did I mention that it is 40 degrees out? Don't tell Jennifer, but I may have a little bit of a sunburned neck. We did have to take a ferry over to the island. It only took about 20 mins to get across. They sure do pack the vehicles on though.

It is a very interesting place. You can feel the laid back nature of the island. The houses are built up on stilts and underneath are the looms and lots of hammocks. We have come to Cambodia during the week of their new year, so nobody was working, but as we drove by one place the lady asked us if we wanted to see how the loom works. I still don't know how they are able to do the designs on them. It was very interesting to see. Of course we figured we should purchase some silk scarves from her as she was willing to do that for us. And they were a good deal. We also got to see a silk worm farm as well. Again, as it is a holiday week, not much was going on. Still very cool to see.

Silk island is very interesting because not many tourists go there. The roads are all dirt, which kind of makes for an uncomfortable motorcycle ride, but it was enjoyable. We stopped by the beach just to see what it was like. As it is New Years, it was very busy with locals and many nationals from Pnom Pnem. It was kind of nice to go someplace that you know that not many foreigners have been. Definitely worth the trip.

Time to finish up my latte and head back to the hotel. Pastor Wood's sister and husband have picked out a place to go for supper tonight. They picked a fantastic one last night, so I'm expecting a delicious supper tonight as well.