down the river



today some more black & white film shots from cambodia. i’m so enjoying reminiscing about this trip!

after 10 days in siem reap we dragged ourselves away from its amazing temples and decided to travel to battambang along the river. chris had done it before and told me it was a fascinating four hour journey along the sangker river, leaving from the famous tonle sap lake and has been rather nicely described thus:

an interesting and very scenic journey along small rivers, the boats thread their way through numerous charming floating villages and past dozens of towering cantilevered fishing net installations. 



wedding day

it was all this and more. as we sailed along it was beautiful to daily life go by.


river craft

now, we knew that sometimes it could take a bit longer … our guidebook said four to seven hours … which we though would be fine. but the water level was horrendously low, meaning that it was a very very very very … very slow trip.

we got bogged many a time (yes in a river) and the crew used poles to get us out, the wooden seats felt like rock after about 5 hours, the diesel engine smell got quite sickening and then the engine broke down … twice.

but our ingenious crew pulled half the boat apart, bailed out some of the bilgewater, took stuff out of the engine and tinkered for an hour or so and we were on our way.



fourteen hours after we left our siem reap hotel we arrived in battambang. we stood up (thank god!) jumped in an airconditioned cab, checked into our lovely new hotel room with giant bed, showered and then went out and had a well deserved dinner with cold beer in the balmy evening air.

but you know what? after all the getting stuck & engine fumes & hard seats & broken engines. it was a magical ride along the river just as billed, an adventure that i’m so glad that i got to embark upon. really, in my book, these things make the journey exciting and unpredictable and are what it’s all about in the end. who always wants to always be comfortable and know what’s around the corner?

happy feet

i’d definitely like to do it again … in wet season …


5 thoughts on “down the river

    1. nicole says:

      Oh thankyou. The more I look at it the more I like the feet one. I remember the light was exceptionally beautiful that morning. Eventually everyone got too hot and came down off the roof …

    1. nicole says:

      Thanks Em! Yeah it’s such an amazing place. I must admit I’m getting excited about going back to SE Asia even more as I look through these images. I highly recommend a visit one day! Another Cambodia post coming up very soon too. The TX is pretty light actually, it’s easy enough to carry around most of the time. My DSLR is actually much heavier (well, the lens makes it heavier!). I’ll probably have the TX with me next time I see you so you can check it out. Thanks for subscribing too!

  1. emma jay says:

    I think my AE-1 is too heavy for it’s own good ! Look forward to the other post ;->
    I thought I’d subscribed to you long ago, but obviously didn’t confirm the wordpress email properly.
    I’ll get it together one day . . .

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