Outside Phnom Penh – country Cambodia
Wide dusty streets greet us as we enter small towns in the rural areas. The provincial areas outside Phnom Penh are low-lying with fields of rice as the main crop.
About traditional homes today
Traditional homes in rural areas have wooden frames, a gabled – thatched, tiled or iron roof; walls of timber or woven bamboo; bamboo ladders or wooden stairs back and front, and a bamboo fence. Traditional homes in the country side are on stilts to raise the houses above flood waters during the monsoon season. In some areas homes are built three meters high on stilts for protection from annual flooding.
Traditional homes are rectangular in shape and may vary in size from four by six meters, to six by ten meters. The house interior is usually divided into three to four sections and separated by walls of woven bamboo.The first room serves as a living room, and to receive visitors. The next is the parents bedroom, the third or fourth room is for children, or unmarried daughters. Smaller houses may contain only one room. Near the rear of the house is a separate kitchen for food preparation. Families spend very little time upstairs during the day. The area under the house serves as a work area for the daily chores. The area under the house also serves as a shelter for the animals at night. Toilet facilities consist of simple pits in the ground, located away from the house, covered up when filled.
Traditional homes have at least one or more large clay vessels outside to catch and store rainwater for their domestic needs. A common sight in front of many traditional homes is a white cow, contentedly chewing its cud in the front yard. Free range hens and colorful roosters are also a common sight.
Modernization of traditional homes
More houses today have an iron roof, even the odd temple has an iron roof placed over it for protection against the elements. Some houses are built-in underneath and wooden stairs replaced with cement ones. The modern changes made to the traditional style of homes in Cambodia depends entirely upon the financial status of the owner.
So many interesting things to see on the way to Kep……...
- Temple of Ta Prohm Takeo
- A Mekong cruise on the mighty Mekong River
- Killing fields – Cambodia – a chilling experience
- Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Phnom Penh Cambodia
- Lotus Blanc- Phnom Penh- Restaurant
- Artifacts – National Museum of Cambodia Phnom Penh
- Emerald Buddha Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh
- Royal Palace Throne Hall Phnom Penh
- Cambodia 2011 Phnom Penh city
- Snapshot of Cambodia Kampuchea
- Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Army}challenges and discoveries
- Terracotta Army|Emperor Qin
- Romantic Road attractions Germany
- Romantic Road Frankfurt Germany
- Bavaria Germany Wurzburg – along the Romantic Road