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Another day trip - this time to the Mekong Delta. I got to sit in the front seat of the bus - at least you get to wear a seatbelt there - but very frightening seeing the bus get to about a foot off the back wheels of motobikes. The bus driver would blast his horn and the people on the bikes would just casually keep cruising on in front of the bus. Besides this exitement there was also the constant expectation to get sideswiped by other vehicles, eg buses, as both us and them kept swerving in and out the various lanes of traffic.
After arriving at the Mekong we are put on two small boats (ten on each) and taken to islands in the delta. First stop here is a bee farm where you are given a cup of honey tea and a small sample of banana wine and rice (I think it was) wine. From here you walk a small distance through orchards and then stop where they give you a small sample of some of the fruits.
Next up you get on a small paddle boat (4 to a boat) and get rowed down a narrow canal by two locals. I felt this lasted way to long - got cramped sitting in the boat and it was also very hot and humid on the canal - no hint of a breeze.
Eventually you come out to the main river again and your boats are waiting there to take you off for lunch on Tortoise Island - a pork and chicken noodle dish.
Following lunch it's back to the boats and off to another island to see the coconut candy factory?? Then back across the Mekong to return to the bus and back to Ho Chi Minh.