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Kompang Chhang Market

Kompang Chhang

Visited the local Kompang Chhang market where you can find just about anything from live chickens to gasoline sold in used coke bottles. Most bizarre for westerners are the butcher shops with un-refrigerated meats covered with flies. We drove out of town to a small village where many of the families make clay pots. A woman demonstrated her pot making, no wheel - she goes round and round and the pot remains still. With all her work she earns about $3 a day. With all the wars, occupations by the Chinese, French, and Vietnamese then to lose about a third of the population during the Pol Pot regime the people are amazingly happy and hopeful about the future. Everywhere we have been there is a broad smile for westerners with waves and calls of "hello". After lunch we cruised by a floating village of some 6000 homes on the Tonle Sap river. These are immigrants who do not have documents and are not allowed to live on the land so they have built their houses on bamboo poles on the river.

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