The Mekong: Life Along a Slow River

The Mighty Mekong braids its way across Cambodia and Vietnam and supports a huge population. There are many islands with no bridges or ferry services. At the Cambodia border we took a slow boat up the river for a good look at river life from water level, and then a 108k ride the next day beside or near the river in Cambodia. Here are some photos of those two great days:

Panorama of Cambodian Life (click for full size, its big)

Panorama of Cambodian Life (click for full size, its big)

 

Man throwing a net on a backwater of the Mekong in Cambodia

Man throwing a net on a backwater of the Mekong in Cambodia

Sunset over Phu Chau

Sunset over Phu Chau

Workers

Workers

Patient horse in Cambodia. They reminded me of Turkish horses in their size, ability to haul large loads at a beautiful trot.

Patient horse in Cambodia. They reminded me of Turkish horses in their size, ability to haul large loads at a beautiful trot.

Cambodian bus; the ultimate in appropriate technology.

Cambodian bus; the ultimate in appropriate technology.

Washing His Tractor

Washing His Tractor

Protecting Her Face From the Sun

Protecting Her Face From the Sun

Learning the Trade

Learning the Trade

Not Much Freeboard

Not Much Freeboard

Language Lesson

Language Lesson

Home and Business on the Mekong

Home and Business on the Mekong

On the Mekong life is Smiles

On the Mekong life is Smiles

Slow Boat to Cambodia

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After taking the wrong ferry to the border, we finally found our way to a the most laid back border crossing yet. However after we started riding to the Cambodian border station, we discovered the nice small paved road turned to a dirt path, and would be like that for up to 40K, and we didn’t have much water.

After another easy time with our visas into Cambodia, we discovered a small wood boat at the dock and found we could take it four hours to a town with accommodation for $10: both of us, Zippy and Lucky; such a deal.

Lots of photos from our first two days in Cambodia next post.

Haircut and Ear Wax Removal, All One Price

Ear wax removal at the barbers

Ear wax removal at the barbers

One reason you should get away from the tourist avenue and explore the nearby local’s alley. Near China Beach in Vietnam, I got a haircut, and a scary but effective, ear wax removal for a grand total of  about $1. Now the loud truck and bus horns will really hurt!