Koh Bech, also known as Mekong Island is a fairly large island on the Mekong River an hour or so from Phnom Penh. Aside from the usual fishing and farming trades, silk weaving is an important source of livelihood for many of the island's families.
I visited the island yesterday for the second time, having been there about a year ago. This visit, again with the inimitable Captain Electric and our erstwhile tuk-tuk driver Savouen at the helm was to help some the the Captain's friends celebrate Women's Day, an national holiday here in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Some shots from yesterday's sojourn in celebration of femininity:
A lady at the loom.
After visiting a few families and having a huge delicious lunch we drove to the beach where a huge Khmer-style party was taking place. More than a thousand people along the shore, picnicking in little huts on the water where vendors would wade out with their offerings, hundreds of motorcycles in the water, kids on big inner tubes, huge sound system blaring Khmer tunes and lots of big smiles all around.