Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • Sa Dec & Cai Be

    On our final full day on board the riverboat Jahan, we cruised further south on the Mekong where we could see changes in the number of other boats as general river traffic increased. The river here was also tidal and we could see mangroves start to appear in places along the banks.

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  • Chau Doc & My An Hung

    On Jahan, we spend our first day exploring in Vietnam. We set off early at 6:30 a.m. for our first excursion to explore the town of Chau Doc by long boat. Our first stop was the floating markets then we went ashore to see the town. We started with a local transport ride of bicycle taxis through the city, then explored the morning market. We returned to the ship for breakfast. Our local guide, Tri, did a presentation on Life in the Mekong Delta. In the afternoon, we explored the local produce farms near My An Hung. Then, we had appetizers and drinks on shore on the My An Hung sandbank!

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  • From Phnom Penh to Chau Doc

    On Jahan, we left Phnom Penh to sail to cross the border to Vietnam towards Chau Doc. We spent the entire day at sea filled with tons of activities and talks on board to dig deeper into the history of Cambodia and learn more about our next location in Vietnam. We were also joined by our Vietnamese guides who will be with us the rest of the trip.

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  • Phnom Penh

    Just after sunrise this morning we slowly cruised down the Tonle Sap river and into the capital city region of Phnom Penh. The city is situated between the junction of three rivers: the Tonle Sap, the Mekong and the Bassac River which is a branch of the Mekong. South of Phnom Penh, the river spreads into the complex and large Mekong delta region.

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  • Tonle Sap River

    We started the day early onboard Jahan, with a pre-breakfast oxcart ride along the banks of the Tonle Sap River. We stopped to photograph lotus fields along the way before continuing to the village to visit two schools, the Green School and the Kampong Chhnang school, supported by the Lindblad-National Geographic Conservation Fund.

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  • Angkor Ban, Koh Oaknhatey, Mekong River

    On our first full morning aboard Jahan, we enjoyed a cool morning sunrise while some of us early birds participated in a Tai Chi class on the open breezy terrace deck.

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  • Kampong Tralach & Koh Oknha Tey

    The morning started early with an excursion to the small village of Kampong Tralach on the banks of the Tonle Sap River. An important rice cultivation area, this village is special, with very organized leadership and a commitment to education for children and young adults. Before visiting the school, at sunrise, guests hopped onto oxcarts provided by local farmers and meandered through lotus and rice fields populated with an occasional brick factory. Guests had the opportunity to walk out into the lotus fields and photograph this beautiful and iconic flower.

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  • Phnom Penh and Kampong Chhnang

    An exceptional number of guests were up and awake well before the sunrise this morning – it was time for the early morning sunrise photography walk! After a bracing shot of caffeine, the hardy souls aboard Jahan marched up the gangway onto the riverside promenade and waited for the sun to appear. It did eventually come to appear, shining weakly at first through the mist, but then quickly establishing itself as a source of beautiful morning light with which we used to produce many great photos. Before returning to the ship, we stopped by to pay our respects to a large colony of Lyell’s flying foxes, bellies no doubt full of fruit from the overnight feeding excursions they had just returned from.

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  • Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh is situated at the meeting of the waters of the Mekong River, an ideal location for the busy capital of Cambodia. The rich cultural influences of Hinduism, Buddhism and the west are on full display throughout the city, a rapidly growing centre showing its rising economic prosperity. Already we can feel the differences from Vietnam, the hustle and bustle of city streets still finding plenty of room for the unique Cambodian character.

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  • Chau Doc and Tan Chau Canal to Cambodia

    Guests got an early start off loading Jahan onto local long boats to see the sunrise and floating merchants selling vegetables, fruit, noodles, and other local products for resale at nearby markets. The boats then stopped by privately run fishery where local families live above water and the fish, both Vietnamese catfish (basa) and tilapia, are raised below. Guests then visited a bustling market via trishaws, the Vietnamese version of a cyclo, in Chau Doc trading everything from live fish and crabs to chilis to apples and pears! Chau Doc is a very active provincial city with a pulse that mesmerizes the senses.

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