Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mekong re-visited

A local ferry on the Mekong River just south of Kratie
I'll finish off my trip along the Mekong River in November 2011 with a few random pictures. During my time in and around Kratie my guide was Sithy and he is excellent. We managed to find a few things that he wasn't aware of in his own back-yard, such as the two ancient sites, which he loved as he absorbs all new information like a sponge which he can pass onto his clients. Further north and for the night before my kayaking adventure through the Ramsar Wetlands, I stayed at the homestay of Sambath and his family in the village of Ou Svay, on the banks of the Mekong. Lovely family. I also went along to the Kathen celebration at the local pagoda that same evening before heading downstream on a kayak with Theara.
A tobacco shed and boat on the west bank of the Mekong River

Two sandstone yoni pedestals in the forest, known as Tuol Neak Ta Chi Tep. There was no indication of any ancient temple structure.

Sithy (center) with our two pagoda guides in the village of Anlong Preah Ko. They guided us to Neak Ta Chi Tep.

This family were making Ambok by crushing the rice

A monk joins our look at Wat Peak Vek, next to the Mekong and the three linga monoliths in situ

These 3 lingas at Wat Peak Vek are also known as Neak Ta Chang Kran Tabrom

One of the few interesting 1960s buildings in Stung Treng

The only way across this tributary of the Mekong River is by this bridge

The homestay of Sambath and his family in Ou Svay village

Sambath, his wife and two young boys

At the Kathen celebration at the pagoda, these youngsters were playing a betting game

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Blogger Mr. J said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences. Do you still have the contact information for your guide?

May 9, 2013 at 1:22 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Sithy's contacts are:
010 253 647
088 836 4758

May 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM  

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