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 Buddhist temple, new and modern and built with funds from outside the country.   The monks chanted and threw flower petals on me as they prayed, giving me a blessing.  Scorpions lurked outside in our shoes as we left the temple.  Two people were stung.  We stopped to visit a fish farm.  The fish are raised in metal cages under the platform and fed daily until they are of harvesting size.  I visited a mat factory where the men and women were weaving reed mats.   The local markets displayed all sorts of vegetables and fruit as well as fish, shrimp, crabs, eels and rats.  Under another home the men and women were weaving silk scarves.   It became obvious why we could not win the war.  The Vietnamese people are industrious and innovative.  It is difficult to defeat such energy.