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)
Man throwing a net on a backwater of the Mekong in Cambodia
Sunset over Phu Chau
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.
Washing His Tractor
Protecting Her Face From the Sun
Learning the Trade
Not Much Freeboard
Home and Business on the Mekong
On the Mekong life is Smiles
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.
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!