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More on Vietnam

More on Vietnam

I traveled down the Mekong River going south towards Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City.  The north Vietnamese call it Ho Chi Minh City and the south Vietnamese refer to it as Saigon but only when they are in safe company.  I met a youngish man from southern Vietnam.  He had a story to tell.  His father was a college professor in south Vietnam.  Some of his uncles and cousins fought on the side of the...

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A Cambodian’s Story

A Cambodian’s Story

I met a young man in Cambodia.  He told his story.  He was seven when Pol Pot arrested and took his parents away.  They were teachers.  He never saw them again.  They were executed.  He was sent to a camp for indoctrination.  When he was eleven he was sent for military training and taught to shoot at live running targets, fellow Cambodians.  Since he was small and the gun was heavy, he...

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Cruising the Mekong

Cruising the Mekong

The boat stopped in Phnom Penh for a few days.  The capital of Cambodia was busy with every sort of vehicle.  There were no red lights but yet traffic moved with chaotic precision.  I visited the presidential palace and grounds, viewing the gold buddhas and artifacts.  There was lots of gold.  I took an excursion to a killing field against my better judgement.  It was gruesome.  In the...

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Vietnam

Vietnam

I left Siem Reap and boarded a riverboat on Tonle Sap Lake cruising south through the lake to the Tonle Sap River.  Along the way the boat stopped at small villages.  Life along the river was busy; farmers worked in the rice fields and many boats were docked along the banks.  Families live in homes built on stilts over the water.   I rode an oxcart through a village in the rain and visited a...

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Hotel Sofitel in Siem Reap was absolutely beautiful.  The grounds, gardens and food among the best I have enjoyed.  I spent a day touring Anghor Wat and the surrounding palaces and ruins.  The jungle was full of monuments and edifices.  It was amazing.  I rode an elephant through the jungle, pausing to let him eat trees and in the end, purchased a bunch of bananas and fed them to him....

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