Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • Sa Đéc and Cái Bè

    Today was our last full day on the river, and it was one full of exciting and new opportunities. Early risers were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise cruise as we headed towards our morning destination of Binh Tanh Island at Sa Đéc, where we boarded a local longboat to explore the narrow channels of the delta. The villages on Binh Tanh are known for making the reed mats that are used throughout Southeast Asia. This was a fantastic opportunity for photography as we explored the small village and watched the locals using traditional methods to weave. We then walked to a local community center, where we met with two of the village elders who shared their story about their long lives in Vietnam over past decades. It was a fascinating account of the pre-war years and life after the Vietnam war.

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  • Châu Đốc & My An Hung

    Good morning, Vietnam! Our first day in the Mekong Delta saw us climbing aboard local boats and cruising through a floating wholesale produce market. Bulk transports bearing fruit and vegetables fresh from the farm drop anchor in the middle of the channel where they unload their cargo to distributors in smaller vessels, who then take the produce to local markets ashore. Along the way to Châu Đốc, we stop at a floating fish farm. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese make their living this way, in which large cages are located underneath the waterline of their floating house.

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  • From Phnom Penh to Vietnam

    Docking last night in Phnom Penh ensured that we drifted to sleep to the haunting but distant sounds of ship horns and Buddhist chants. The next morning came quickly. A small number of us met on deck for coffee as the first light of day crested the horizon. Before long, the morning was full of silhouettes, stunning deep reds, reflections on the water, and amber-bathed buildings.

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  • Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, situated where the Tonlé Sap joins the Mekong River. It is busy, modern, and teaming with life and yet retaining much of its historical and cultural essence.

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  • Kampong Tralach & Kampong Chhnang

    Jahan was secured overnight at the riverbank, just downstream from “the port of the winter melon,” familiarly known as Kampon Tralach, which is located on the Tonle Sap river about 50km north of Phnom Penh. Since we are here in the dry season, the level of the river is low, and we have to climb up the banks to get to the local road. Awaiting us in this small village is a column of oxcarts, each pulled by two brahman cows under the direction of a local farmer. These carts are used on a daily basis throughout most parts of the country, and the cattle are not bred for meat but instead for labor. This is why they are typically so thin, as they are not being fattened for slaughter. We take a ride through the rice fields and end up at the local public school. The Kampong Tralach School has been supported by Lindblad/National Geographic for several years now, providing funding for free English learning programs.

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  • Angkor Ban and Koh Dach Island, Cambodia

    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.

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  • Angkor Ban – Wat Nokor, Kampong Cham

    We commenced this morning with another fresh session of Tai Chi on the deck as we cruised along the Mekong River. After a hearty breakfast, we disembarked Jahan and, led by our dear guides Vuthy and Ritty, visited the remote village on Angkor Ban.

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  • Kampong Tralach and Koh Okna Tey

    Guests awoke before sunrise to prepare for another exhilarating day in Cambodia. As the sun crested the tree line, we boarded a most unique transportation of ox-drawn carts. The journey took us through vast lotus fields, where we walked amongst the blooming landscape to learn how locals harvest, sell, and make use of these flowers. We then proceeded into town and visited a local school that is supported through contributions on the part of Lindblad and its generous guests. The school’s principal, teachers, and students greeted us enthusiastically with cheers and song. One of the main lessons taught here is English, so the guests had an were able to converse with students who showed no lack of excitement getting to engage directly with those whose language they are learning.

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  • Kampong Chhnang & the Tonle Sap River

    We enjoyed a brief excursion ashore in Phnom Penh to see the city coming to life in the early morning light. Motorbikes buzz down the road, people exercise along the river shore, and market vendors set up numerous displays. Our tour brings us to a large Dipterocarpus tree that hosts a colony of Lyle’s fruit bats, underneath which naturalist Martin Cohen gives us a rundown on their behaviour and ecology.

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  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    We commenced our day, cruising into the Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh. Nearly 3 million people live in and around this bustling metropolis. After our usual hearty breakfast, we started the day by joining in the seemingly chaotic traffic as passengers on a modified commuting device (not unlike a tricycle) called a cyclo. Being immersed. “in the thick of it” as we were this morning was certainly an experience to remember.

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