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Jul 21, 2017 - Landelijke rust, schoonheid en drijvende vreetschuren

Het is hier in de Mekong Delta heerlijk landelijk en een verademing vergeleken met de grote steden die we tot nu toe hebben bezocht. We bezoeken wat marktjes en kijken onze ogen uit naar echte jungle met kokospalmen. Dit is ook het gebied waar de etnische groep, de Kmers, naartoe gevlucht zijn toen de grond in buurland Cambodja ze te heet onder de voeten werd. De Kmers zijn wat donkerder dan de gewone Vietnamezen. We zijn naar een Kmer pagode geweest dat daadwerkelijk als opleidingscentrum en klooster voor jonge boeddhistische monniken...

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Jan 22, 2017 - The end of Vietnam in the Mekong Delta

Saturday started with a visit to the Reunification Palace as we had missed it the day before. We met at 7.30am in order to get this in before heading out of town over to the Mekong River later in the day. The palace is no longer inhabited by anyone but is purely a museum to see how it use to be used. It is beautifully maintained. We started wondering around the different rooms – reception room in yellow, warm for functions and parties, green meeting room for interactions between military and president – designed in this way to be soothing...

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Feb 10, 2016 - Can Tho

We had a simple breakfast served on the verandah at the front of the hotel before checking out & waiting for our pick up to take us to the bus depot. Our cost for the night including our breakfasts came to a little over £11. One of the great challenges we do have is keeping up with the different currencies. In Thailand it is 50 odd Bahts to the pound, in Vietnam it is 31,000 Dongs & in Cambodia it is about 5,861 Rialls. As well as their local currency Vietnam & Cambodia readily take US dollars at their corresponding exchange rates. On top...

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Feb 2, 2016 - Falling in love with Vietnam in Can Tho, Mekong Delta

We chose to explore the Mekong Delta in more depth with a few days in Can Tho, opting out of the typically short and touristic day trip from Saigno (Ho Chi Minh City). We were sooo glad we did so! We stayed at a fantastic hotel (Xaoi Hotel); while the room was quite tiny (the smallest one yet on the trip), what they lacked in size they made up for with loads of information and great tours. Can Tho is a surprisingly large city (with over a million residents), right in the middle of the nine main waterways that converge upstream to form the...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Can Tho to Hue

We wake up bright and early to a complimentary hotel breakfast. The buffet had delicious fruits and the best pho we have eaten up to this point. Deim picked us up, led us to the Mekong River and got us a boat ride down to the biggest floating market in the world, Cai Rang. After a 30 min. ride we arrive at the market. Tiny motor boats full of fruits, coffee and drinks, flocked our boat trying to get us to buy their produce. There are dozens of boats that travel the river to dock here and sell their goods. They live on the boats until...

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Jun 23, 2015 - Leaving Ho Chi Minh for Can Tho - Mekong River Delta

Today we woke up, found a cute little bakery in HCMC and then got picked up by our tour guide. We drove about two hours out to the floating market. We got on a boat that took us down the river, past boats that sell fruit. People live on these boats while they are selling their goods. We visited a little market where they raised honeybees for fresh honey. We sampled coconut and ginger and fresh tea with honey and kumquat. We walked over to a village where the women were making rice paper and rice wine. We ate popped rice and coconut caramel...

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Mar 19, 2015 - Mekong Delta

This morning we got in a boat and cruised on the lower reaches of the Mekong River. The Mekong River is the 9th largest river in the world...3,000 miles long. Along the river were the tin houses built on stilts. Using the river water for all the daily activities...bathing, laundry, cleaning the produce, etc. Fishing also goes on here. We made our way to the floating market of Cai Ring. This is the woke sale market of the fruits and vegetables grown by the farmers and sold to restaurants and for resale at the local market. On top of each...

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Mar 18, 2015 - Long Travel Day.

Today were were up early...5:15am. We had a half hour bus trip to the airport. It was an American military base in the past. After arriving at Ho Chi Minh City airport we had a 3 1/2 hour bus ride to The Mekong Delta area. Can Tho is a busy river port. It's the provincial capital where the various waterways the comprise the Mekong Delta converge. We are in a lovely hotel on the river where Bravo the water buffalo is kept as a pet. We had dinner at the hotel tonight cooked by a French chef who we met. History Lesson There had been 2...

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Dec 31, 2014 - Floating Markets

Floating Markets We were up at 5 am for breakfast at 5.30. The beds were rock hard so getting up wasn't as difficult as it might have been. We left the Homestay at 6am to walk 10 minutes to the river where we got into a narrow boat to ride to the floating markets at Cai Rang. By the time we arrived at the markets round 7am they were in full swing. You could identity what each boat was selling as they attached it to a pole at the front of their boats. There was a large variety of fruit and vegetables for sale including pineapples,...

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Dec 30, 2014 - On the Mekong

On the Mekong We set off on time on the boat at 8am. We each had a cane seat and there were three hammocks and a reclining bamboo lounge to share. All very comfortable but impossible to believe that the boat could sit 30. We also had our own (not so private) toilet which came in useful during our 8 hour trip It was an idyllic way to travel with endless views of the Mekong and its variety of traffic. Everything from small fishing boats to big dredgers made for an ever changing landscape. However, even better was the time spent travelling...

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Nov 9, 2013 - 16th Entry

Xien Chao (Hello in Vietnamese) We have just spent three days on Phu Quoc Island which is off the coast in the south east of Vietnam. The crossing at the border was relatively painless other than there was a fellow from India that was travelling with two passports and we were held up waiting for him but in the end, they left without him as we all had to catch a ferry (The Super Dong) to Phu Quoc. We had decided to come to Phu Quoc and then fly to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta – our next stop – because we had read several horror stories of...

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Sep 10, 2012 - Mekong Delta

We took an early morning bus ride to a spot in the Mekong River Delta about 120 km south of HCMC. Our tour guide was again Hai, who told us stories about his patrols in the Delta during the war and continued to crack jokes about how many "girlfriends" he had at the time. After a ~2-hour bus ride, we boarded a river boat which took us to a shop on the shore about a kilometer away which not only sold handicrafts and various sweets, but also showed tourists like us how they make rice paper, coconut candy, rice wine, and puffed rice snacks,...

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Southeast Asia 2012

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