The Slow Road
Two Women Wandering the World
One of the long, narrow river boats that compete during the water festival
Boats and their crews wait by the grandstand while officials make long speeches at the beginning of the festival
We had lots of fun watching the spectators who lined the riverbanks
"Boysuits: The Most Stylish Since 1892"
A vendor selling boiled eggs
The U.S. hipster hat has unfortunately made it to Cambodia
Cotton candy and kettle corn make it look like a carnival back home
Corn on the cob is popular here too
Melissa with her festival treats: a bag of sugar cane juice, sticky rice with black beans sold in a bamboo tube, and kettle corn
Chris (with her fan) among the spectators
Grilled meat for sale
We stayed away from the fried silkwork larvae . . .
. . . and the crickets . . .
. . . and the dubious-looking hot dogs and other mystery meats sitting out in the sun (why is one of them green?)
But the baguettes are really good
This boat went up and down the river collecting floating trash
A tree was a good place to watch the races
Even the monks turned out to watch
A rare all-female boat team
Despite the signs not to, people trampled to flower beds
We couldn't tell who won, but this team got lots of cheers
When the sun went down and the races ended, the street festival along the river began
Watching the fireworks from a float on the river
A banner celebrating the water festival and 10th anniversary of the king's coronation
The floats moored to the river bank were brightly lit at night
Coming to town from the countryside for the festival also gave people a chance to shop. This booth was selling farm equipment.
Midway games (burst a balloon with a dart)
Potential prizes included cooking oil, hair gel, cleaning products, and sets of plates
Rides for the kids (note the Tom and Jerry theme); this one had a soundtrack identical to a U.S. car alarm!
A painted boat under the lights