One of the things I most looked forward to on this adventure to southeast Asia was cruising the Mekong River. I had no expectations, just curiosity and a desire to take it all in.
The Mekong is a long wandering highway originating in China and passing through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. What I experienced was from Phnom Pehn to the outskirts of Saigon, and each part of the journey opened my eyes and challenged me to think hard about life and appreciate how lucky I am.
Population on this part of the river is fairly dense, and houses are built of whatever materials one can find. Some are on stilts, others seem to be floating platforms. The people are poor, but, surprisingly, each house appeared to have a TV antenna. Asked why, a guide said that most of the people are illiterate, so they use their ears in place of reading.
Always there are markets, some floating, some ashore. In both cases, the trade is brisk and there is everything from fruits and vegetables to seafood to rats to chicken heads and feet. I was hoping some of these items were not going to appear on my plate.
When night fell, all these scenes were blotted out and good food and fun on the boat took over. Aussie and British companions of the Traveling Sisterhood proved to be very good company, and we all enjoyed sharing our views of the day’s experience.
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