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Exploring the traditions of Angkor Ban

On our last day cruising the Mekong River before heading off to Siem Reap for two days of exploration at Angkor Wat, our National Trust Tours group visited the remarkably intact traditional Khmer village of Angkor Ban. Because the Khmer Rouge used the houses in this community for residential and storage purposes, it is one of the few villages that survived destruction under the regime. The remoteness of the area helped the villagers maintain more traditional ways while their friendliness to those of us visiting made it one of the favorite stops on the tour.

Temple in the monastery at Angkor Ban in Cambodia
Our group heads to the water blessing at Angkor
Traditional water blessing
Our local guide Tek helps one of the monks show how to put on the traditional robes

During the three-hour tour, we stopped by the local monastery for a water blessing by the monks before we visited with local families and farms to see how the locals live. One generous homeowner gave us a tour of her traditional home, set up high on stilts to avoid the floods of the river. Inside we walked on the traditional bamboo floor and explored the family and private spaces.

A traditional-style home in Angkor Ban
Walking on bamboo floors through the family space in a traditional Angkor Ban home
The kitchen area in this Angkor Ban home
A bed and sitting area in this traditional Angkor Ban home
Another of the traditional Angkor Ban houses

Afterwards, we continued to an English language primary school, where we met the children, helped them in reading English, and learned about a typical school day.

Candice listens to a young student at the English language academy read from her book
DJB with two of the students at the English language academy, after they have been reading from their lesson books

It was a magical way to end our time on the Mekong Princess, our home for the past seven days.

Enjoy the images from this portion of our visit.

The Mekong Princess at sunset alongside Angkor Ban

More to come…


Image of a row of traditional houses in Angkor Ban by DJB

This entry was posted in: Heritage Travel, Historic Preservation


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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