We went on a Tuk Tuk, much more comfortable and less scary than the rickshaw or cyclo.
As I write this, I can hear the chants of Buddhist monks from the Pagoda. We were woken by music and rooster well before sunrise. Days start early in the villages and we are moored near Koh Chen. The main industry of this village is silversmiths. Each small village along the Mekong appears to have specialties…..silver, timber carving,silk weaving pottery. These are then sent down river to the main cities.
Poorer families live in simple one room huts on the river bank. Hammocks are hung underneath. Cooking is done on a porch outside to avoid fires. More wealthy people….the owners of the workshop, live in much more substantial houses. Most houses are built on stilts to avoid floods. New houses have concrete posts and floors. During the dry, underneath the house is used for sleeping,working and entertaining.
School days for children are four hours, either in the morning or afternoon. The teacher works the whole day. The room is simple and the children learn basic reading and writing. Where possible children are introduced to basic English as well. Our visit to the classroom was greeted with great enthusiasm as it is a break from routine and a chance to practice their English.