Hammocks and Lotus Flowers

One really lovely feature here: roadside restaurants with hammocks. You stop for a snack or lunch, and your afternoon nap is on the house.

 

Even better: you can stop at a lotus flower farm and rent the Vietnamese equivalent of a yurt. It has a thatched roof and a wood floor, a hammock, dishes and cutlery for a couple of people, and a phone number in case you want to order food from the check-in hut, which is about 150m away. It’s surrounded by lotus flowers on all sides and accessible by a boardwalk/bridge system. The lotus farm is seasonal – during the rainy season, it would be under water, but during this dry season, it yields two crops of lotus flowers, which are used for decorations and offerings (flowers), food (seeds and roots) and packaging material (leaves).

Almost every day, we’ve had an unexpected but enjoyable bonus surprise. The 10-minute stop at this lotus farm was one; encountering monkeys near one of the Cambodian temples was another.img_1337

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