Mekong Delta - Fun on the Water!
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At breakfast, met another Australian family on holiday. The college kid was so sweet - he said I didn't look a day over 20. What a charmer! It could also have been the fact that I tied my hair in braids and looked like a Chinese peasant girl, but whatever. I'll take compliments wherever I can! :)
Anh picked us up for the Mekong Delta tour. We drove out of the city for about 2 hours. Anh showed us ponds filled with lotuses and morning glories - that are harvested and sold. There were also fish ponds where fish were farmed. The Vietnamese seem to be very resourceful folk, but I guess they had to be to survive...
Our first stop was in a tiny village where we watched a family make rice noodles.
Afterwards we hopped onto our own boat. Anh explained to us the different islands, the suspension bridge that was being built; showed us the various fish farms on the water, etc. He also claimed the water was used by local women for bathing and that legend had it that the water would make women beautiful; but it was hard to believe him when looking into the brown murky waters. The ride however was very nice, with a cool breeze.
When we returned to the boat, our captain provided us with coconut water to drink - straight from a coconut! yum! They seem to be intent on feeding us all day! At some point our boat stalled .
The snacking continued with a visit to a coconut candy establishment - I of course bought a bunch as gifts (can't resist) - anyways, they were quite tasty. We got fresh samples, still warm. They were also selling novelty items such as liquor bottles with snakes or geckos in them.
We took a cute horse cart ride through a village - so cheezy but I loved it! The little horse was quite powerful! After "exerting" ourselves sitting on our fat butts on a cart we were offered more refreshments - this time tea with honey and kumquat juice. Very refreshing. They also had pet snakes you could "play" with. Obviously another tourist gimmick. But sometimes you just have to accept and revel in it.
Next, we took a leisurely sampan ride through beautiful, leaf lined waters towards our lunch destination - Hao Ai - at the entrance a water buffalo was 90% immersed in the water cooling off.
After another crazy drive into the city, we bid farewell to our guide and driver. I really enjoyed the attentive tours we received - it's a bit expensive to hire your own driver/guide, but sometimes it's worth not sitting in a hot bus, waiting for everyone on the tour to finish, etc.
We had a few beers, ice coffees; strolled through town again (we are getting better at crossing streets now) and ended up in what we thought was a sports bar; but after a while we suspected it was some sort of "escort bar" - lots of english guys with scantily clad asian women.
Near our hostel, there's a bar literally called "Bar" with a blue neon sign. A and I had decided we would check it out - so we had drinks there on the 2nd floor and watched the busy life downstairs until we got sleepy.
Tomorrow - onto Hanoi!