While my sister and her family were here we took a customary trip down the river. Called a sunset cruise it is usually a two hour jaunt down the Tonle Sap round the huge sand dredger and then up the Mekong for a short way zig zagging across the two rivers as we go. The boat we took this time, The Butterfly, was a smaller boat than I had been on before, only one level but with the welcome addition of a lounging bed at one end.
We started our trip at about 4-30 just as the light was beginning to soften.
The shore on the other side of the Tonle Sap was littered with people playing da cau a kicking game with a shuttle cock instead of a hacky sack, badminton, washing clothes for tomorrow, cooking dinner, swimming...
...and just socialising in colourful groups. As the light dimmed fishermen began returning home on their picturesque vessels.
We saw a boat and it's friendly crew go past packed to the roof with massive stalks of green bananas.
The Royal Palace looks like a fantastical castle from the river.
The sand dredger looks as out of place as it is!
We motored and drifted for a very enjoyable couple of hours eating stuffed paninis and double decker sandwiches and drinking wine and beer Lao ending up back where we started ready for a cooling sorbet from Frescos before bed.