When we arrived at Silk Island, we split into small groups to take an amazing Tuk Tuk ride to our destination. We saw firsthand the lives of the poorer people who live on the island, and it seemed very rural compared to how we all live back in New Jersey. It was interesting to see the people and how they live close-up on our way to the silk farm.
When we got there, our guide showed us how Cambodian silk is made, and we were able to feel some (it was so soft!) before being shown how they make fabrics with it. The strings were very vibrant pink, red, green, and even purple, and we all watched women work the complicated machines in order to create beautiful patterned fabrics. At the end, many people bought some fabrics, and the others tried to make a trained parrot speak. It could laugh and imitate a Cambodian greeting! After we were done, we took tuk tuks and then the boat back to the city, where we went to check in at our hotel before dinner.
We all freshened up after that tiring day, and then went back to the same dock to board another boat for dinner. The boat cruised up and down a part of the Mekong River while we ate, creating gorgeous views of the city’s skyline. Mr. Brown’s old colleagues from his previous job at The Cambodia Daily joined us, and they shared stories with us while we ate a coconut dessert. One of them was an award-winning female reporter, and her stories about her work and challenges she had faced were fascinating. At the end of the boat ride, the group went back to the hotel to get some rest.
We then headed to the Russian Markets to buy some souvenirs and work on our bargaining skills before lunch. Then we visited The Cambodia Daily where our very own Mr. Brown used to work. We learned more about journalism and the struggles the newspaper has faced with revealing information. We also got a tour of their office. After wards, we headed back to the hotel for a break before heading to watch a soccer game in the evening.