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Scenes along the Mekong

As part of a fascinating National Trust Tour, we have joined some 20 other travelers in cruising the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia over the past week. My first post from Vietnam followed my initial talk with the group around the differences between Eastern and Western conservation practices. Today I want to simply capture a number of images we’ve seen in this most intriguing and complex of places. The third post, to come in a couple of days, will examine how we respond to and help build understanding around sites with difficult and disputed histories.

Typical scene on Gieng Island in Vietnam
Weaving scarves on a traditional loom (most villagers on Hong Ngu island, including this family, use modern mechanical looms)
Learning about the various uses for the traditional scarf in Vietnam and Cambodia
Building a traditional sampan on Gieng Island in Vietnam
Visiting the home of a former Viet Cong medic on Hong Ngu island
Hearing the story of a former Viet Cong medic
Phanixo monastery and school grounds on Gieng Island in Vietnam. The monastery was built by the French in 1879.
Phanixo Monastery in Vietnam where the monks helped care for locals stricken with leprosy.
Stairway to the monastery’s loft
Monastery altar
Our mode of transportation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
DJB is apprehensive but ready for the cyclo tour
And away we go!
Sunrise in Cambodia

I’ll post more scenes from Phnom Penh and Cambodia in the coming days.

More to come…


Image: Building a traditional sampan in Vietnam by DJB


I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


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