Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • Angkor Ban and Wat Nokor

    At 8 a.m. we ventured out to Angkor Ban, a lovely little village with about 250 families living in stilt houses, some of which were one to two hundred years old. First we walked through the local temple with giant sculptures of fruits and vegetables on one side and religious figures riding on the 12 Zodiac animals on the other, all very colorful. The temple itself had numerous, brightly colored buildings with lots of funerary stupa nearby. We were given the opportunity to enter one of the magnificent, old traditional homes to see how the locals lived. The slatted bamboo floors provided much needed ventilation. After walking through the town we returned to the Jahan.

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  • Kampong Tralach & Koh Oaknha Island

    It was an exciting start to the day as we boarded our traditional two-wheeled oxcart and traveled through rice paddies stopping to inspect a lotus flower field. We then piled into a remok (a type of people carrier) and took a short journey to the local grammar school where we were able to interact with teachers and very enthusiastic students.

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  • Phnom Penh

    This morning, Jahan was docked at the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, and we had one more opportunity to explore the city and see it come to life. The enthusiastic early-bird guests, and birders, ventured out for “golden hour” photography at sunrise followed by wildlife viewing. We first made a stop along an esplanade that overlooks the Tonle Sap River. Photographers honed their skills with gorgeous colors, silhouettes and buzzing action shots of traffic or passersby. We continued our walk near Wat Phnom, where there is a large colony of flying foxes roosting in a tree.

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  • Phenom Penh

    We approached the capitol of Cambodia, Phenom Penh, up the Tonle Sap River at first light. After breakfast we set foot in Cambodia and immediately mounted cyclos or bicycle rickshaws, for an adventure into Phenom Penh’s morning traffic. We all arrived safely at the Royal Palace for a guided tour around this amazing facility. Just prior to magnificent lunch at Topaz restaurant, we stopped by the impressive National Museum.

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  • Chau Doc

    Today we got an early start just as the sun was rising and creating glorious reflections along the waterways. Our first stop was the floating market at Chau Doc, an area that bustles first thing in the morning. Local boats and vendors gather to buy and sell fruits and vegetables, which oftentimes hang from tall poles so visitors know exactly what is available. We continued along the river, dotted with fish farms, and had the privilege of visiting a family-run farm. The owner and our guides explained the process of feeding and raising fish until they are ready for selling at the market.

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  • Caibe and Sadec

    This morning, a hardcore group of 15 to 20 enthusiasts participate in the first Tai Chi class.What a great turnout!

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  • Binh Thanh Island, Sadec & Cai Be

    The day commenced with a short ride in the longboat to explore the local community of Sadec on Binh Thanh Island. Here we wandered through the village, meeting with elders at the local temple and then watching locals use traditional methods to weave reed mats that are sold throughout Vietnam.

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  • Mekong River near Chau Doc

    As we cruised along the Mekong River near Chau Doc, a vibrant sunrise was a perfect way to start the day. We boarded local boats and headed directly to a floating market, where dozens of boats populated the Mekong. There we watched the morning come alive and learned how locals buy and sell produce from one boat to the next. Bananas, dragon fruit, chili peppers, and a host of other fruits and vegetables dangled from boats, large and small, all available for purchase. We continued along the waterway and stopped at a floating fish farm to see how people feed and raise fish until they are large enough to sell at market.

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  • Cruising the Mekong River and Border Crossing

    We awoke this morning in the Cambodian capital. Jahan is docked at the ferry terminal at the top end of Sisowath Quay, the scenic waterfront promenade of Phnom Penh. The early birds – and birders –  went ashore for a walk to see the city streets come to life, as well as a spot of photography in the beautiful morning light of the “golden hour.” On the way we pass the fruit bat colony near Wat Phnom, where hundreds of the flying foxes roost each day before heading out to feed at dusk. Once back onboard Jahan we cast off and begin our transition into Vietnam. Phnom Penh, is located at the confluence of the two main rivers – the Tonle Sap and Mekong flow in, while the Bassac and the Mekong flow out. Also known as Chaktomuk (literally “Four Faces”, in reference to the four arms of the river), the Cambodian capital was well situated at the crossroads of regional riverine trade.

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  • Phnom Penh

    In the morning as we approached Phnom Penh along the Tonle Sap River, a gorgeous sunrise greeted us to start the day. After disembarking Jahan, we used another unique form of transportation, local cyclos (bicycle rickshaws), to get oriented with the city and watch it come alive throughout the streets. Our first stops in Cambodia’s capital were the majestic Royal Palace and extravagant Silver Pagoda. The Royal Palace buildings act as the Cambodian King’s residence, while the Silver Pagoda stores national treasures including gold statues and the “Emerald Buddha.”

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