A Day in Can Tho

Can Tho Travel Blog

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Several things I have learned - durian are the greatest fruit ever. Vietnamese spring rolls are awesome. And, buying some cold beer from a chatty old farmer at his riverside orchard will make an already fine day on the water even finer.

Today we decided to take a 10 hour boat tour of the floating markets and the countryside surrounding Can Tho. It cost us 3 bucks an hour, for boat and driver. Worth every penny.

Reptiles and amphibians are popular for eatin' in these parts. There are tanks of frogs, snakes and turtles in the front of our hotel, and the staff will turn them into a tasty stirfry should you so desire. As it stands, we're huge fans of the snake. Most are farmed, so no worries about them being endangered.

The floating markets were amazing. Our guide had us get off the boat for a bit and rest on a large boat selling pineapple. We watched the ordinary tourists, domestic and international, zipping by on their slightly larger and faster tourist boats, snapping pictures towards us. It made us feel almost like locals.

If anything, Can Tho Province may be even more beautiful than Ben Tre. There is less foliage, and a less rural lifestyle, but just as many beautiful waterways. And life is busier. It has a strongly developed feel to it. The vegetation is naturally lighter. There are more floating weeds in the canals. There are more villages clustered up to the water. Also, many of the infamous "monkey bridges" are still intact.

As a parting note, I'd like to mention that there are geckos on the walls in just about every hotel we've been in. This is good, because I have always wanted to visit a country where there are geckos on the walls.
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Ben Tre was an adventure - an awesome day of boating followed by a disastrous day of biking that resulted in severe heat exhaustion which it took us several hours of chugging water under the aircon to recover from.

And then, this morning, it's off to Can Tho. And boy did we rough it. We walked from our hotel to the car ferry to My Tho, the hub town from which one accesses the islands of Ben Tre province. We hooked a moto ride to the highway, where we hopped on the bus that travels from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho. We ended up getting to Can Tho in the early afternoon. We caught a cheap motorcab to a cheap, friendly hotel with a good restaurant. We're staying downtown right in the thick of things. The river here is gorgeous, and this is the largest town in the delta, so there's considerably better facilities than in the far boonies of Ben Tre. Our hotel hooked us up with a boatman who is going to give us a day-long tour tomorrow for 3 USD an hour - we're gonna go on a huge, 10 hour tour of the floating markets and various farmland around the province.

Another bonus of being in Can Tho, is they happen to have EXCELLENT local beer! Can Tho Beer is one of the cheapest available at our hotel and prob. the best Vietnamese beer we've tried yet.

Right now, Eric is sitting next to me, playing Warcraft 3 with a local guy, while I'm uploading today's pictures to Facebook. Odd as it may seem, holding your own at Blizzard's games is an outstanding way to meet people in most Asian countries. He currently has a rather sizeable audience.
Can Tho
photo by: alanmica