This morning we visited took a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island. Huan guided us through the quiet farming community where the men and women tended the fields, children rested in hammocks, dogs lounged out from of their homes, chickens picked around in the yard and the locals greeted us with a friendly hello. It’s as if we stepped back in time.
We transferred by boat back to Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. We enjoyed a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a rattan workshop and a silk-making factory. There was some serious shopping at the silk factory.
This evening’s sunset over the Mekong river was spectacular.
We cruised on to the Cambodian border and went through the visa formalities. The ship continued sailing overnight to Phnom Pehn.