Mekong Delta--Jan 16-17, 2005

Boat Trips

I decided that my Mekong River experience (I have been on the river in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia) would not be complete without a trip to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. The Delta is where the river separates out into a maze on canals and small rivers and is provides very fertile land for growing tropical fruits and vegetables as well as 3 crops of rice a year. I took a 2 day tour of the Delta and got to see this new side of the Mekong. The trip started with a 2 hour bus ride to the delta and a city called Mytho. From here we boarded small boats and took to the water.

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Fruit Market

We had the chance to stop at a fruit market and see the fruits that are grown locally and taste them if we wished. The picture below is of one of the ladies selling dragon fruit. Notice the cone hats that are ubiquitous among locals of Vietnam.

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Coconut Candy

We also stopped by a couple of islands in the Delta and had a chance to sample more of the local fruit including pineapples, dragon fruit, sopapillas, and longan berries. We then visited a village that produces coconut candies and got to see how the candy is made (and of course have a taste and a chance to buy).

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Can Rai Floating market

Next stop was a night in the city of Cantho and then we got up very early and took the boats back out to the famous Can Rai floating market. Every morning hundreds of boats come to this one place to sell their fruit and vegetables. We wandered through the market and saw all the bartering going on. This picture is a typical boat selling there fruit. You can tell by the fruit and veg hanging from the bamboo stick what they have to sell that day. All the boats have a bamboo stick so it is easier to see from a distance what each boat is selling.

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Rice Noodle shop

The last stop on the tour was at a rice noodle making shop. They were in high production mode since the Vietnamese New Year is a couple of weeks away. It is a very labor intensive business. You can see them making the large sheets of rice noodle. Then they dry them in the sun before cutting them into noodle shaped pieces.

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