Phum Kampong Krabei, Krong Battambang, Cambodia
Lost: The Chance to See Vanishing TraditionsOutside the main cities of Southeast Asia, the small dirt roads leading from village to village provide adventure seekers the perfect opportunity to get “lost.” Whether on a bicycle or a motorbike, you never have to fear what’s around the next corner, and more often than not, you find that getting lost is exactly where you need to be.
On this particular day, we hired a motorbike and headed down a dirt road leading us away from the town of Battambang, Cambodia.
After wandering around a gorgeous temple filled with young novice monks, our dirt path took us into a small village where we found every yard filled with racks full of small round things drying in the sun. We wandered in to take a closer look at what they might be & were waved over to the side of the house by two women. The older woman was fervently steaming balls of paste, and then passing them to the younger woman who was rolling them out onto the drying racks. Upon a closer view, we discovered that they were making rice paper for spring rolls!
I’ve certainly eaten my share of spring rolls, but have never stopped to think how the rice paper is made. No big factories churning out thousands an hour here; just some quick-moving dedicated women who make their living hand-rolling rice paper. Being lost can mean seeing ways of life that are quickly vanishing in the modernization of the world.
If you want to get lost in the rice paper village, head north out of Battambang on the dirt road following the river.