Cycling & Eating The Mekong River

In late 2009 I embarked on a ten-month bike ride up the Mekong River in South East Asia. The Mekong is one of the world’s great rivers. From its humble beginnings, high in the mountains of the Tibetan plateau, it flows some 3000 miles, snaking its way through South East Asia, before reaching its conclusion in the South China Sea.

As ever food was at the heart of this journey and using the river as the structure for my trip, I explored the vital role this fascinating waterway plays in the culinary culture and everyday existence of the people of South East Asia. Use the links below to explore this Hungry Cyclist Food Adventure in full.

  • Photos From The Mekong Delta

    “Continuing south through the quite back roads that connected these villages and towns life was simple. Homes were open fronted single storey dwellings of palm thatch and wood. Young boys fished with canes in ponds in front of their homes only ...

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  • Cycle Touring & Eating In Cambodia

    Leaving Vietnam North of Saigon the Mekong River led me into Cambodia and towards her capital Phnom Penh. A country that has seen unrivaled trauma in the latter half of the last century Cambodia is now looking forward to a bright future. Phnom Penh i...

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  • Cycling & Eating In Northern Laos – Photo Gallery

    Having just cycled into Yunnan in Southern China I have been able to make some time and upload some photographs from Northern Laos. This far north the Mekong is at her wildest and the languid river that meandered through Cambodia and Southern Laos be...

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  • Chanh Hung Night Fish Market Saigon – Gallery

    It was still humid at 3am in Ho Chi Min City. This vast metropolis is far from silent but compared to the raucous din of the day it was peaceful.  In the glow of countless neon lights a few western drunks staggered home. Mosquitos frenzied around th...

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  • The Cambodian Water Festival In Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh the capital of Cambodia oozes French colonial charm and remnants are evident in the architecture and cuisine. The city though is entrenched with rich Khmer history and Buddhism and this is put on show each year when two festivals are co jo...

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  • Cycling & Eating in Saigon – Gallery

    “The heat struck first. An overwhelming warmth and humidity that immediately provoked a sweat that balled down my chest and pulled my shirt to my back. Forehead, neck, back and legs instantly damp as my body panicked to cool down while my nostrils ...

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  • The Mekong Videos

    Oh the joys of modern day travel. Not so long ago if the gutsy traveller wanted to send news home he or she had to wire telegrams, send letters in diplomatic bags or carry home cumbersome film rolls to be developed. Today the modern journeyman can em...

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  • The Mekong River Journals

    In late 2009 I embarked on a ten month bike ride up the Mekong River in South East Asia. The Mekong is one of the world’s great rivers. From its humble beginnings, high in the mountains of the Tibetan plateau, it flows some 3000 miles, snaking its ...

    Continue →