We had actually planned on crossing the Vietnamese bridge then going north but somehow or other we missed the road or it isn't there or it's disappeared. So we turned around and followed the Mekong south instead, traveling down the eastern bank for about 35km then using a ferry to cross it and return to Phnom Penh via Takmao. Here are some photos from the ferry:
I think the river might be 3oom wide at that point. It's quite swollen though, and will shrink by a third when the rains have stopped. Yes, the poles are the fixation but they allow the actual landing to rise and fall with the water level.
There's no safety equipment on the ferries. As an aside, with all the water in Cambodia you'd think a lot of people here can swim, well, they can't. Most of those kids playing around in the ponds and streams and canals can't swim.
That floating stuff is just some vegetation on it's way to the South China Sea, Cas.
Here's the second trip, the day before yesterday.
A friend of mine invited us over for a 3 hour cruise up the Tonle Sap River (a river/channel connecting the Tonle Sap Lake to the Mekong).
Lots of cheese, sausage, wine and other assorted stuff.
A good time was had by all and of course, after we'd returned to PP, I jumped into the river.
The general direction, under the Japanese Bridge up the Tonle Sap
The Chrouy Changvar side, mainly Vietnamese population, there used to be regular pogroms agains them but they always returned
Returning to the city
Enjoying the ride, my girlfriend, my oldest friend in Cambodia and my girlfriend's friend
Passing under the Japanese bridge again, the port straight ahead
The title of the thread is 'Two short Trips...'. But since I go out more often I'll continue posting pics here.
On Sunday afternoon we decided on short notice to go out to Oudong, 35km north of Phnom Penh, a bit of a sacred site and also the location of the Khmer empire's capital towards its decline and fall. This is what is left, a hill with some temples on top.
I love the second picture - the trees that look like lollipops.
Those are the sugar palms from which you can collect palm toddy. You slice of one of the bud stands, hang a bucket below and collect the juice. It's wonderfully refreshing but you have to finish it before noon because it starts fermenting fast and is too smelly and very strong by 1 or 2pm. It's so smelly in fact, that people add raw onions to it to mask the toddy smell
Were you on the temple hill when you took that picture?
Yes, we drove up on the other side.
I do know that it can be a nightmare for propellers, even in the Thai longboats which are more or less designed to avoid that stuff.
When I came back from Chau Doc and the delta we had to change boats because the green stuff killed the propeller...