Photographer's Note

Here is a view of a slow flowing and calmer side to the Mekong than the last two I posted. It’s hard to imagine it's the same river withing 15 minute walking distance. The landscape changing from the rocky cliff to more tropical with palm trees. This is a view taken from Don Det looking toward Don Khon, where most of the time you can see people coming and going on the paddle boats doing fishing, children playing in the river. Sometimes the noisier motor boat will disrupt the peace and tranquility for a few minutes.

Life on Don Det and Don Khon feels so laid back that you could imagine the islands just drifting downriver into Cambodia with barely anyone rolling out of their hammock in the process.

In order to bypass the rapids and waterfalls in the Mekong River, the French built a narrow-gauge railway across the two islands, linked by this attractive arched bridge and terminating in concrete piers at either end. The bridge remain but no engine has run since WWII, and most of the track has long since been carted off. It's aso a great place to sit on the side of bridge and watch sunset as the cool breeze caressing your skin and washes away the heat of the day.

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Additional Photos by Way Lim (Waylim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
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