Getting Pissed – Cambodian Style…

Getting Pissed – Cambodian Style…

 Above Photo: ‘Get it down you” – Tasting Palm wine in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.

It wasn’t all hard work as I retraced the fateful steps of the trekking party in my novel BACK, who head into the tri-border jungle for a disastrous trip to the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

One day recently, when I was in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, I passed a small bamboo shack, the owner of which, my guide told me, was a fermenter and seller of palm wine. So I obviously stopped to take a look.

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Living space inside the shack.

Inside the one-room shack, which also doubled as the seller’s home, palm juice was being fermented in large white plastic containers.

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Ripe – Fermenting palm booze in a plastic container

Unsurprisingly, the place stank like home brew, and I must have succumbed to the vapours, as I bought a litre of it for a surprisingly low US 37 cents…

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More palm wine fermentation containers.

The woman filtered a litre of the opaque stuff through a cloth, to ensure it was as clean as possible, although the issue seemed to be more that it hadn’t fully fermented rather than it was full of dirt.

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Filtering the palm wine.

After the deal was done, there was just time to pose for a photo with my purchases, off we were off.

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Two bottles of milk please…

That night I tried it, and discovered it was still fermenting, as the top of the bottle came off like it had carbonated water inside, and someone had just shaken the bottle.

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Just what I needed before bed…

I poured some in a glass. With the bubbles, it reminded me of freshly-poured Alka Seltzer, but the smell was terrible, reminding me of Durian, although, like that foul-smelling fruit, the taste was actually quite pleasant.

That said, I’m not planning to mass-export it any time soon, in an act of charity to stomach lining everywhere…

For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War and Adventure Backpacking into the jungles of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/

For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:

Approximate Location of Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, in red.

© Peter Alan Lloyd

Reviews: Amazon.co.uk: Customer Reviews 

UK: Amazon.co.uk: BACK Parts 1 and 2 

US: Amazon: Back Parts 1 and 2

Smashwords: Back Parts 1 and 2

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