Photo Essay – A cruise on the Mekong river

29 Aug

On our trip to Phnom Penh we booked and went on a short cruise on the Mekong River, to see the ways of people who make a living on this vast river.

There were a couple of options available for a cruise, like you can visit some other local islands that are only linked by ferries, or the silk island (this is extremely touristy), or a normal 2 hour cruise, etc. We just booked a regular cruise as we didn’t have much time and we were on a budget; but this too was super fun. This river was also quite a bit of a surprise to us. For starters, it is huge more like a sea than a river and this size was just in the dry season so I fail to imagine how it will be after the rains. Additionally, we learnt a lot about the local life on the river here and below is a glimpse of the same through a black & white lens.

1. There is an entire community here that lives on boats as the one in the pic below and fish for a living. They only dock for selling the fish, going to markets for shopping and to the places of worship. Else the entire families live on the boat.

The house boat on the Mekong river

The house boat on the Mekong river

2. A local fisherman fishing in the river –

A local fisherman

A local fisherman

3. An entire family that lives on a single boat –

An entire family on a boat - Mekong River

An entire family on a boat – Mekong River

4. People living on boat houses like on the Tonle Sap Lake –

Houses on the Mekong River

Boat Houses on the Mekong River

5. A sand collector –

A Sand Collector

A Sand Collector

6. Beautiful Villas of the rich by the river –

Villas by the Mekong River

Villas by the Mekong River

7. Local ferries that help transportation from one island to the other. These are important as many of these islands are not connected by road.

A local ferry for island hopping

A local ferry for island hopping

Enjoy 🙂

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16 Responses to “Photo Essay – A cruise on the Mekong river”

  1. thebrianhealy August 29, 2012 at 20:47 #

    Wow an entire family on a boat! They are brave lol!

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    • getsetandgo August 30, 2012 at 12:48 #

      Brave with no choice as they cant afford anything else….

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  2. The Style Dancer August 29, 2012 at 22:26 #

    Love the post. Check out another part of the Mekong from my post on my trip to Laos. Best, David http://wp.me/p1M1Xs-fq

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    • getsetandgo August 30, 2012 at 12:53 #

      Hey, I have seen that post of yours before and loved it. I have heard the monks collecting food in the morning is a must see sight..

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      • The Style Dancer August 30, 2012 at 22:43 #

        It is a must see and must participate. Very moving and significant to be a part of this ritual. Highly recommend Luang Prabang. Best, David

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  3. Niranjan August 29, 2012 at 23:36 #

    Looks interesting. You have captured the essence of Mekong river.

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/

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  4. rommel August 30, 2012 at 00:55 #

    As fascinating as it sounds, it’s sad and terrifying to hear that they only live on a boat. Do you really mean they don’t have a place to shower and other things?

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    • getsetandgo August 30, 2012 at 12:56 #

      Hey Rommel, I am so glad you noticed but they actually dont have any place for any of those things. They use the river for the bath but i am not sure about other things…

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  5. cupKaykes August 30, 2012 at 11:47 #

    I travelled along the Mekong from Vietnam to Cambodia a few years ago and it is one of the most treasured travel memories I have.

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    • getsetandgo August 30, 2012 at 13:16 #

      I understand what you mean by this as I felt the same on this cruise. 🙂

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  6. The World Is My Cuttlefish August 31, 2012 at 17:19 #

    “An entire family that lives on a single boat.” I too, am fascinated by that. Surely they don’t live on that boat full-time. There is no protection, no place to cook (maybe they have a tiny stove), little space to sleep. Did you see many instances of these kind of conditions?

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    • getsetandgo September 3, 2012 at 12:52 #

      Hey, they live on it full time. Though even I find it very surprising that people live in much limited space I have seen numerous instances of such cases in India too..

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  7. GalonTrip September 2, 2012 at 05:51 #

    interesting experience! thanks for visiting and liking my posts.

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  8. pommepal September 2, 2012 at 16:20 #

    You have really whetted my appetite to visit Cambodia. What a fascinating place

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