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2015 - MEKONG RIVER - A visit to Wat Hanchey

We have moved up the Mekong a little & are having a bit of trouble finding a mooring. This is the searchlight roaming over the bank ...


Kim, the on board Massuese with fingers like iron, up early to see what's what.

and the souvenir kids are up early too ...


Srey Leak up early too but then she had to work at our breakfast ..


These monks had come on board to give a blessing to those who wanted blessing. I found an envelope full of cash on my way up that hill - it had 'Monks Donations' on the front. I gave it to one of the crew & expect it found it's way to the monks ..


We assembled at the lily pond before climbing to the Pagoda strewn hill-top ...



There are the two kids we saw on the river bank - sister taking care of little brother.


The green bag contains at least one dog, yelping away like crazy ...



it's a very colourful spot ..





Many local tourists & the locals all seem to have paper & pens to sell so they can be given to the kids. I did that for two little boys & had them follow me around for the rest of the morning. I made a donation to a monk for him to give a blessing to the boys. They stood very respectfully with palms together while the monk chanted over them.




We walked back down to the ship & the little girl no longer has her brother. She must have walked his little feet off. It was quite the hike up & down the hill ..



Back on board & a chance to watch the local fishermen, & fisherwomen, & fisherkids - a couple of fisherfamilies by the looks of it.

Here's the Jahan - we have been following each other around for days ...



Fisher folk are still looking for a bite but I never did see any fish on the nets ..


This is a fine mansion on the river & I was told that it does indeed belong to a relative of the mayor or some politician ..

Roger - last orders before we get off tomorrow ..


A bit of a party with the crew saying goodbye ..

Fireworks - but on the other side of the river, not for us.


More crew than passengers ..


The following day now & it is disembarkation day ...



KIm here - Seems a bit concerned, maybe looking for me, she broke into her wonderful smile when she spotted me & waved me goodbye.

Very sad to get off.

Bye young lady - perhaps we will meet again. Perhaps we will - I might just do this again.


The lady is the laundress ..

A fine crew & I highly recommend the Pandaw as a way of seeing a bit of Cambodia - or Myanmar. It was a great experience for my first river excursion ...

Now the long bus ride to Siem Reap where I will stay in the Saem Siem Reap hotel for ten days. Stay tuned for photos of the an ANGHOR WAT, which is right next door.

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Posted by hasbeen 05:52 Archived in Cambodia

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