Published: March 4th 2012February 14th 2012
Through our guest house (Siem Reap Rooms - we highly recommend it) we'd organised to meet with a family in a nearby village to check out how laundry was done in Cambodia and also to demonstrate how the Scrubba wash bag works. It would be interesting to get a local's opinion.
Our TukTuk driver, Perry, drove us about 50 minutes from Siem Reap to the village where his sister lives. Perry also spoke a good amount of English which helped us explain why we were there. Nevertheless, Perry's sister appeared a little baffled that a couple of tourists would be interested to see how she does her laundry. We were shown a simple washing process involving a hand water pump, a plastic washing basin and a scrubbing brush. While effective, it appeared to be a time consuming methods of washing clothes.
It was then Ash's turn to demonstrate the Scrubba washbag. After scrubbing one of her husband's shirts, there was a lot of laughing and a bit of embarrassment as the heavily brown muddy water was tipped out. She was impressed! Perry's sister then gave the Scrubba wash bag a go. From the look of glee on her face
and from the results, it was a more effective and easier method than her old washing method. This was confirmed by Perry's translation. As a token of our appreciation, we left her with the Scrubba wash bag which she very happily accepted and started using again immediately.
We jumped back onto Perry's TukTuk and headed a further 40 mintues away from Siem Reap to Beng Meale Temple. Unlike most of the temples of Angkor, Beng Meale has more or less been left to the jungle. As it's a bit off the beaten track (~70km from Siem Reap), there were almost no other tourists. The result being that you you can wander and crawl about the pile of ruins and feel like one the first explorers to venture there. A truely magical experience and by far my favorite of all the temples we were to visit (sorry Angkor Wat, you get second place)!
Returning to town, another delicious dinner and drinks were on the cards.
There are more photos below