30.05.2012 - 30.05.2012
Having so little time in Vietnam before having to move on to Poland in time for the Euro Cup opening game, and encouraged by how great the tour to Cu Chi was, we decided to book a day trip to the Mekong Delta.
The Mekong Delta is an area of Vietnam that is as much water as it is land. It is a land mass criss-crossed by hundreds of rivers on their way to the South China Sea. The people in this area get around and trade with each other almost exclusively on boats. The trip to this area is a must to experience scenery straight out of Hollywood movies, except here, it’s all a real way of life.
We boarded a fisherman boat and set off on the wavy river:
When we finally docked on a bit of dry land our tour guide took us to a bee hive demonstration. Not sure whether they think we don’t have bee’s in the west, but regardless, it was fun to see Kristine squirm at the sight of the hundreds of little honey workers.
The best part however came when someone brought out a giant python and invited the tourists to hold him. Kristine wanted nothing to do with the snake but I convinced her to give it a try. She was fine at first, but soon after the snake started coiling and tightening around her body. You can see the expression of terror on her face:
The next part of the trip was really the highlight and the reason for coming. We took a tiny little boat through a beautiful canal lined with amazing vegetation. It’s a little disneyesque since clearly the boats are just there to carry tourists around but the scenery and experience is wonderful. In the end they are the same boats and the same type of rivers that people further into the Mekong Delta use for their everyday life.
Next we took a larger boat down a river to a little riverside lodge where we had lunch. The highlight of the lunch was the traditional Vietnamese musical performance while we ate. The instrument one of the band members was using was a single string guitar like thing which he handled with unbelievable skill. I cannot say the same thing for myself. I absolutely could not get a single sound in tune out of the thing.
Lastly we took a boat back to our bus and departed the Mekong with many pleasant memories. We really wish we could spend more time in the area and get closer to the local people but with only 3 days in South Vietnam it was impossible. We will definitely have to come back one day!