30.12.2008 - 31.12.2008 22 °C
We went to Chom Bok the next day for our home-stay with a local family. We went there by public bus which was surprisingly better than the private buses we have been going on - it was very clean with air conditioning.
We got to the house which had lots of animals outside, ranging from dogs, cows, roosters, chickens and ducks. We shared a room with another couple, the room was very clean and comfortable - we were expecting to sleep on the floor so we were pleasantly surprised.
We got there and the owner went up the tree to get some coconuts for us (it's customery to give that to guests instead of the usual tea and coffee we give).
We went to a canteen near the house where we had dinner prepared by local people - which was very tasty. When we got back to the house, the owner told us about his life story during the war and we asked him lots of questions, when we asked him 'what is your dream for the future?' he said 'I just don't want anymore war, just peace'. They were a very humble family who kept apologising about the facilities not being up to scratch when they were actually a lot better than we thought they would be. Our leader, Phalkun then told us about his life during the war, about how he lost his mum during the war, how hard he had to work just to survive and how he had to steal to fill his stomach - was very sad and we all had tears in our eyes by the end of it - really makes you think about what these people had to go through during the war.
The next day the roosters woke us up bright and early and we went trekking to a waterfall which took two hours, but was worth it as the waterfall was so beautiful. We then got on the bus and made our way to Sihanoukville.