Another long day's travel

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Short break at a bus station

We hired a car to take us back to Saigon as we were hoping to get on a cargo ferry to My Tho in the Mekong Delta.  These plans didn't work as it took ages to get back to Saigon; when we got there it was too difficult to find where the cargo ferry would leave from and by this time we had probably missed it anyway!

So onto plan B.  We got to the bus station and then into a minibus to Can Tho - the four of us and lots of Vietnamese.  It was a long day's travel with us arriving at about 5pm.  The last couple of hours of the journey proved to be very interesting.  We started to criss cross many rivers and canals, and we began to feel as though we were entering the delta.

The car Ferry gong across the Mekong
  At one point we started to slow down and the driver's mate signalled to us to shut our curtains.  We began to feel a sense of paranoia and wondered whether it was standard practice to smuggle foreigners into the Mekong Delta.  The reason soon became apparent however.  The minibus was queueing to get on the next passenger ferry, and lots of vendors and beggars crowded around the van.  We think he had asked us to close the curtains to protect us from all the harassment .  It was a little unnerving though when one man actually climbed up to the windows trying to see through the gaps in the curtain.  We soon got onto the ferry and it was great to get off the bus and stretch our legs.  The driver's mate pointed out two large towers some distance away and told us that a bridge was being built with Japanese help.  Earlier we had crossed a huge bridge that spanned the Mekong, built with Australian help.  It was good to see these successful construction projects in evidence, after so much destruction of Vietnam's infrastructure during the war.

We were soon off the ferry and into the town of Can Tho, the provincial capital of the Mekong Delta.  We piled our packs onto two 'Xe Loi' - motorised cyclos - and headed for our guesthouse.  Over a beer, the owner organised us a tour of the floating markets for tomorrow, the only drawback being a very early start. 

We had an excellent meal in one of the riverside restaurants, and then it was off to bed.

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Short break at a bus station
Short break at a bus station
The car Ferry gong across the Meko…
The car Ferry gong across the Mek…
Carol and Nicola in their Xe Loi
Carol and Nicola in their Xe Loi
Uncle Ho
Uncle Ho
Can Tho
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