Wat Areyksat, Phnom Penh

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Wat Areyksat is a small Buddhist temple just across the Mekong River from Phnom Penh. You take the 3500 riel ferry Phnom Penh to Arey Ksat just behind Dreamland Park. The ferry is loaded with cars, tuk-tuks, and motorbikes piled high with various fruit and vegetables or wares to sell, like baskets or brooms. Once you get off the ferry you go through Akreiy Ksatr Village and head left on Street 380.

And just a few kilometres down a very dusty road was this beautiful lotus farm, where they grow lotus to sell in the markets. Lotus flowers, seeds, roots, and leaves are all used in cooking here. My absolute favorite are reikon chips, which are lotus roots sliced thinly and deep fried. 

And here are the lovely people who work in the lotus fields. Some general knowledge: "Som tot muay" is how you ask permission to take photos in Khmer.

xx gee


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