3 days in Mekong Delta
We booked our tour at 6 am in the same morning as the departure, so it was fast and furious! Yes, furious is the word as it started with the Bear being left behind by the bus. As we were waiting for the departure, he went to buy water and the driver closed the door and started driving. I tried to explain that one of the passengers was not aboard, but the level of English was quite low. I started to argue, the other passengers started to argue as well, so finally we were all arguing when we saw the Bear running after the bus so we stopped, he got in and of course, started to argue…we were all furious!
Our first stop was in Cai Be area where we moved from island to island by local boats. We visited a bee farm where we drank the best honey tea with propolis and we tasted confit ginger…delicious! We had fresh fruit afterwards while listening to locals playing Vietnamese instruments. What followed was even better: candy workshop at one coconut farm – we observed the fully manual process of making sticky caramels. The overnight stop was in Can Tho, a city decorated as if it was Christmas. We went out to explore it and finished by having fun in a local small amusement park. And the bubble tea was great!
The main attraction for the following day was the floating market where we could see Vietnamese people making commerce with anything (fruits, vegetables, cooked food, drinks, cigarettes, clothes, etc.) directly from their boats. Afterwards we visited a crocodile farm (your crocodile leather Prada bag was maybe born here) and a rice farm where we observed the noodle making process. The second night we slept close to Cambodia border in Chau Doc. After dinner with an Estonian gay couple, while on the way back to the hotel, the 4 of us were grabbed into a street birthday party of a Vietnamese girl. It was the craziest hour spent in Vietnam so far, dancing in the street with the locals while having beer and taking photos with everybody. It’s funny how sometimes a handful of English words can be enough to get along with anyone.
It terms of beautiful landscapes, the third day was the best one! We can’t remember the name of the village, but we had an amazing boat trip on the delta canals. It was also there that we chose to go inside a school during class time – the kids were thrilled to see us! I guess the pictures will speak for themselves.