Mekong Delta or Bust

Hailey is in town so we decided to get out of Vung Tau for the weekend and do some Vietnam tourist stuff. One of the top items was a visit to the Mekong Delta. This area is West of Ho Chi Minh City and covers about 15,000 square miles. Its a series of rivers, swamps and islands complete with floating markets, pagodas, rice paddies and villages. I like to think of it as the Venice of Vietnam as boats are used as the main mode of transportation.

We were picked up for our tour in Ho Chi Minh City and drove about two hours to Cai Be where we hopped on the water to see the local floating markets. We learned that the boats hoist what they sell on a large stick at the end of the boat so you can easily see and navigate to what you’re looking for. Also most of the boats serve as their home. From there we hit up a demonstration area where we got to see how rice paper is made, rice/ caramel candy, puffed riced candy and snake wine is made. It was all interesting to see (and taste!) and so much more time and labor intensive than I think I ever realised – I think I’ll stick to rice product eating over the making!

After some cruising along more of the river we got to stretch our legs a bit on a short bike ride. Normally I’m pretty decent on two wheels but it is way harder over surfaces that range from dirt/ rock road, make shift brick paths and scooters zipping past. Thankfully no one fell and we made it back to the boat in one piece. We were all a bit knackered by the time we reached our meal at the Mekong Rest Stop but we enjoyed the regional fare and will post more about a specific dish we had on Food Friday – so I won’t say too much about it now (I don’t want to ruin your appetite for new food!) I really enjoyed the opportunity to see a different region of Vietnam that seems so close but is so different from where we live … enjoy the pictures!

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Our digs for the day

Our digs for the day

Part of the floating markets

Part of the floating markets

The Banana Boat!

The Banana Boat!

Cutting up the rice candy

Cutting up the rice candy

Making rice paper

Making rice paper

Houses along the Mekong Delta

Houses along the Mekong Delta

Getting deeper into the villages

Getting deeper into the villages

Petrol station along the way

Petrol station along the way

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