Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • Kingdom of Wonder: Angkor Ban and Beyond

    Our last day aboard Jahan began leisurely as we went ashore at the small village of Angkor Ban. It is an ideal insight into rural Cambodia, with its traditional wooden houses, some of which extend past a century or more in age. As we walk through the narrow laneways meandering between houses and yards, we encounter farmers processing their peanut crop, a variety fruit trees, and farm animals large and small. All the while a loudspeaker echoes out across the town as a wedding is taking place. We also take time to visit the local market before departing. Back aboard Jahan, monks from the local monastery join us, blessing the ship, and christening our departure in a ceremony of chants that create an ambience that is other-worldly and nothing less.

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  • Kampong Tralach – Koh Oakhnatey

    This morning, we began our day with a pre-dawn ox cart excursion in Kampong Tralach. A ride across the beautiful rice fields and scattered lotus flowers by ox-driven carts made for one of the riches moments we’ve had experiencing Cambodian culture thus far.

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  • Cambodia: Phnom Penh and Beyond

    In the streets of Cambodia’s largest city, guests were out early with photographic instructor Max Seigal and naturalist Martin Cohen. Max taught guests how to leverage morning light for sharper, more immersive imagery. Afterward, Martin took us to a camp of Lyle’s flying foxes—similar in appearance to that of bats—that hung from a tree in a protected compound close to the ship.

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  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Our first day ashore in Cambodia put us before the sprawling capital city of Phnom Penh. With more than 1.5 million inhabitants and nearly seven times over the population size of the country’s next biggest municipality, Phnom Penh presents an aspect of Khmer culture that is not found anywhere else in Cambodia. The broad boulevards of the 1960s and characteristic modernist “New Khmer” architecture of Vann Molyvann has only recently given way to unbridled mass development, with dozens of towering high-rises now under constructions across the city. With a skyline that seems to ascend higher by the month, 21st century Phnom Penh is undergoing unprecedented change.

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  • Chau Doc, Phnom Penh

    This morning we got to experience a floating Vietnamese market as we woke up before sunrise. We then boarded local boats and headed out onto the Mekong by about 6:30 a.m. We saw the floating merchants as they sold fruits and vegetables and the other, land-based merchants selling coffee, breakfast foods, and other local treats. That morning’s light by sunrise was excellent for our group’s photographers. After exploring the floating market, we boarded a floating fish farm for a more intimate glimpse of what life is like in the Mekong Delta.

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  • Cai Be and Sadee, Vietnam

    It was with great excitement and anticipation that we were greeted by our first Mekong River sunrise near the town of Cai Be. This region is an important fruit and vegetable hub of the Mekong Delta, so after breakfast we boarded local long boats and cruised past the local floating markets as well as the French gothic cathedral on the way to the hamlet of Phu An.

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  • Sadec and Cai Be, Vietnam

    Today was our last full day on the river, and we spent it well, cruising through the Lower Mekong River in Vietnam. We set anchor near the town of Sa Dec, taking that morning to venture along the neighboring island of Binh Tanh. It began on a local sampan boat, transiting small waterways of rafts carrying water hyacinth in all directions. When we arrived at Binh Tanh, we stopped to see locals in the village weave together the traditional reed mats they have made for many years, if not decades. On one occasion we witnessed the amazing sight of a woman making furniture out of the very hyacinth we had seen transported by raft that morning!

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  • Chao Doc to My An Hung, Vietnam

    An early start was rewarded by yet another stunningly gorgeous sunrise. We boarded our excursion boats in the early morning mist to venture a short way into the bustling Vietnamese floating market. Prices of goods were called out from boats as locals negotiated and shopped for that day’s provisions. Some enjoyed noodles and coffee while they waited for customers to stop. Next was a market equally as lively and far more colorful at Chao Doc, where vegetables, flowers, fruits, colorful textiles, sweets, and more filled the market stalls.

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  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Chau Doc, Vietnam

    This morning, early risers had the option of venturing out to the waterfront with photo instructor Emily Mount and naturalist Max Seigal to catch the sunrise before breakfast. We explored the streets of the capitol city Phnom Penh and were rewarded with beautiful morning light. This made for some top-notch photography. In Phnom Penh, the markets buzz with activity before the heat of the day sets in, which was very exciting to be a part of.

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  • A Full Day in Phnom Penh

    Last night we docked upstream from the capital of Phnom Penh with the colourful light of the city lit in the distance. At dawn, our ship moved downriver to dock near Wat Phnom.

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