Angkor Ban and Koh Dach Island, Cambodia

Mar 03, 2019 - The Jahan

Today was our first full day on the river boat Jahan, and what a fantastic day it was! We started the morning out by visiting a wonderfully remote village called Angkor Ban, where we explored traditional houses and a local market. This was a great introduction to daily life in rural Cambodia. When we boarded the Jahan again, local monks joined us for a traditional blessing.

Before lunch, our Global Perspectives Speaker Elizabeth Becker gave a wonderful presentation on “The Great Divide: How the Stories of Cambodia and Vietnam Reflect the Larger Themes of Asian Culture and History.” Afterwards, we enjoyed a fantastic meal, and next our photo instructor Adam gave an introductory talk on photography.

In the afternoon, we visited a Theravada Buddhist Pagoda to learn about Buddhism in Cambodia, followed by a tuk-tuk ride to a nearby silk farm where we learned about this fascinating industry that dates back to ancient times.

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Max Seigal

Max Seigal

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Max Seigal grew up in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, and spent his early years working at his parent’s veterinary clinic, which sparked his love for animals. At a young age, Max fell in love with conservation and travel. He studied abroad in both Costa Rica and the Bahamas during high school, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in environmental science, zoology, and economics.

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