Preview: Cambodian Canoes, Part 1: Monastic Racing Canoes

May 26, 2023

Ken Preston Ken Preston

This is the first in a series of articles serving as extensions of Ken’s wonderful book Classic Wooden Fishing Boats of the Vietnamese Coast, now available as an eBook in our Library.

My visits to Cambodia’s Mekong region were no more than a tourist’s reconnaissance of a week or so on three occasions, in the winter (dry-season) of 2008, 2013 and 2015. When I crossed with my motorbike from Vietnam to Cambodia in 2008 I was ignorant of the country, the language, the history, the geography, the people and their boats. Ostensibly I was working on a comprehensiv photographic survey of coastal watercraft in Vietnam and Cambodia, but in reality, I was riding a motorbike, traveling wherever weather, curiosity and opportunity called.

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