Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • Kampong Tralach and Koh Oaknhatey

    There’s nothing like an early start to catch the best part of the day, in this case quite literally one of the highlights of the trip. We started with a trip back in time, traveling by oxcart from the banks of the Tonle Sap through rice and lotus fields towards the small village of Kampong Tralach. It’s a brief glimpse into a simpler life, each guest getting to know the oxen directly behind their cart!

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  • Cruising the Tonle Sap River and Kampong Chhnang

    The morning started with a brief walk in the early morning to see the large and infamous “flying foxes,” or fruit bats, in Phnom Penh. Jahan then departed for the Tonle Sap River, cruising upstream against the current.

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  • Phnom Penh

    Today we woke to a gentle sunrise, swiftlets diving on our bow, and the approach to the “City of Four Faces,” marked by the convergence of the Tonle Sap, Bassac, and Mekong River channels. It is at this hydrologic intersection that we arrive at the national capital, a striking contrast between the banana and rice fields of yesterday’s Cambodia.

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  • Chau Doc

    On several occasions during our expedition along the Mekong River, we ask our guests to rise before the sun! Without exception, they are always glad when they do, because they get to experience something memorable. In this case, it is the floating wholesale markets outside the small city of Chau Doc. With the spectacular golden light bathing these Vietnamese vessels adorned with all manner of fruit and veg, it truly is a sight to behold.

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  • Cai Be and Sadee, Vietnam

    Our day started with an early morning Tai Chi class followed by breakfast in the Viceroy Dining Hall. Guests then enthusiastically departed on their first excursion with a visit to Cai Be floating market via local longboats, cruising among local long boats from various provinces around Vietnam selling fruits and vegetables. We continued on toward Phu An, passing Cai Be’s gorgeous gothic cathedral before visiting an authentic family-run workshop making rice paper, pop rice, and coconut candles, not to mention famous rice wine! Guests were treated to family style hospitality before returning the ship at 11am.

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  • Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    Our final day upon Jahan and the Mekong began with another delicious meal followed by an excursion to an island community where we learned about daily Vietnamese living. During lunch we continued downriver to a larger city where we focused on food touring and tasting. It has been a marvelous trip so far – onward to Saigon!

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  • Chau Doc & My An Hung

    Fish and fruits come to market this morning as we started out in daybreak to experience the bustle of both water- and land-based trading markets. We had the opportunity to tour the colorful town of Chau Doc with yet another staple in local transportation, a front-bearing cycling carriage known as the cyclo. In the afternoon, we surveyed displays of local music and farming operations in the small village of My An Hung. Adventurous guests could taste unfamiliar fruits and climb across a bamboo “monkey bridge.”

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  • Cruising the Mekong River

    In the early morning, Mike Greenfelder took a group for a pleasant photo walk to see the Phnom Penh waterfront and fruit bats in a tree. The whole of the day we spent leisurely cruising the Mekong River to the border with Vietnam, where we anchored after lunch. After two hours with customs and immigration procedures, we traveled down the man-made Tan Chau Canal connecting the upper river to the lower Bassac River and eventually anchored near the Vietnamese fishing port of Chau Doc for the night.

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  • Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia and a bustling city compared to our last few days exploring the Mekong. We started our day focusing on the city center and then transitioned to the past and the Khmer Rouge. This is a city with a terrible past and hopefully a brighter future.

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  • Tonle Sap

    An intimate look at daily rituals along the Tonle Sap River:

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