Cambodian man lands 'aeroplane' house in rice field

43-year-old widowed father of three said it took him almost a year to build

By AFP

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Chrach Peou spraying water in a garden in front of his house that is shaped like an aeroplane in Siem Reap province. A Cambodian airplane fanatic has built his house shaped like a private jet -- despite never having been up in the air himself. - AFP
Chrach Peou spraying water in a garden in front of his house that is shaped like an aeroplane in Siem Reap province. A Cambodian airplane fanatic has built his house shaped like a private jet -- despite never having been up in the air himself. - AFP

Published: Fri 24 Mar 2023, 7:15 PM

A Cambodian aeroplane fanatic has built his house shaped like a private jet -- despite never having been up in the air himself.

Construction worker Chrach Peou spent his $20,000 life savings building the concrete "plane" -- complete with wings, tailfin, landing gear and engines -- near the town of Siem Reap, gateway to the famed Angkor Wat temple complex.


The 43-year-old widowed father of three said it took him almost a year to build, using money he had saved over 30 years.

"This is my dream since I was young, so I am happy I could achieve my goal," Peou said.


The house, which has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, stands elevated on pillars six metres above a rice field.

"We can live here, sleep here, use bathrooms here, and have meals here like on a plane. It is my own, I am so happy," Peou told AFP.

He said he designed the house after watching countless videos of private jets on the internet.

He charges people 50 cents to $1 to visit and take selfies by the house.

"It is beautiful, attractive, there are palm trees nearby," Kim Muoy, 28, told AFP during a visit to the aeroplane house with her family.

But Peou dreams of flying for real one day.

"When I have money and know where I want to go to, I will take a plane to go there," he said.


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