Mekong Delta Tour - Cai Be and Vinh Long, 14th January 2008
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After a few days of lazing in bed and strolling down to breakfast at a leisurely 9:30/10:00am, our alarm going off at 6:45am was a bit of a shock to the system. We got ourselves together and with sleep still in our eyes, we headed down to breakfast before being hurried off to our tour bus at 7:30am.
After the usual bus delays, we arrived in Cai Be mid-morning where our group hopped on a boat for a tour of the Mekong Delta. The sun was blazing and the water was calm and peaceful. A very short boat ride later we arrived at a floating market where we were able to glimpse at all the locals selling their respective goods, many of whom had roosters on their boats, which we learned were used for illegal cockfighting; charming.
Back on the boat, we cruised along for a good hour or so before being transferred to very small canoes. After a bit of apprehension on Steph's part, it turned out to be one of the highlights of the tour. It was so serene rowing through the maze of shady canals.
Our destination was a lonagan fruit orchard where we had a very tasty lunch. We were given the option after lunch to either ride around the area on bicycles for an hour, or laze in the hammocks....the sun was so hot that we didn't take long in making our decision and justified the hammock lounging to oursleves. Well fed and rested, we reluctantly got on the bikes and road back to where our boat was docked.
Another calming boatride later and we were at Vinh Long. We only wandered the city for about 15mins before getting back on the bus and heading home to Ho Chi Minh City.
We had initially contemplated doing the two or three day Mekong Delta tour and while we had a great day, in our opinion, one day was plenty and we were happy to be back where there was airconditioning.