Water Festival
 

Boat Racing

In between trips I had a couple of weeks off. I got pressured into going back to Siem Reap (all it took was the promise of a free t-shirt!) for the water festival and to be in the boat racing. My company sponsored a boat and I have to say we were not very good. We won 1 out of our 6 races. This is our team. At least we LOOK good!

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Waiting for our turn

This picture shows the boats all sitting on the water waiting to be called for their next race. The festival celebrates the end of the rainy season.

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Paddling

This shows a couple of the teams in a heated race.

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Getting Ready for the First Race

These two teams are waiting for the start of their race.

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Snacks anyone?

The race lasts over 2 days and becomes a large party for all the locals. They set up food stalls everywhere. This lady is selling rice mixed with beans.

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Shrimp Pancakes?

These are some sort of shrimp pancakes. The shrimp are still in the shell. I am not sure what holds them together but they sell like hotcakes.

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Fire

One of the cooking burners caught fire and scattered everyone until it burned itself out.

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Pickled Tamarind and Rice

This is some sort of pickled tamarind and they are selling rice cooked in bamboo.

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And where there is a party

Cambodians have a hard time picking up trash on the best of days. I was really surprised to see this boat out cleaning the river before the second day of festivities.

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Sunken Ship

At least our boat did not sink during the races like this boat did. Our boat did sink during practice and I have to say the river is probably the dirtiest body of water I have ever been in!!

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