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4/09 Cān Tho to Ben Tre, 100 Kilometers
By Xe Om (cuddle taxi) 5 hrs
Nhakhach Hung Vuong Hotel - 300000 ($15) Dong, including breakfast
Cuddle Taxi to Ben Tre (Population: 120,000)
After listening to an adventurous story from a vacationing German lawyer, who had just arrived in Can Tho from the Cambodian border, with …
... is not included so we venture off to enjoy dinner at a restaurant that features ostrich and rat. Day two begins at 5:30am as our guide explains we have to go to the floating market by 7 am otherwise we won't see anything later. We get up for breakfast and we get out the door late again. We walk to the waterfront and board the boat to view the market. We make a couple of rounds and then head off to a rice noodle factory. Again I use this ...
... full to the brim with coconuts, we almost mow down little fishing vessels and canoes, and everyone who sees us does a double take at the foreigners sitting proudly on their first class deck! What a great experience! the BG couldn't take enough pictures and her head was fairly swivelling around in her efforts to take it all in. Its a whole different world out here on the water, and despite the new roads ...
... the islets. Here we found a group of people working harmoniously together in order to produce rice noodles in the masses (assumedly in order to supply the festivities of the upcoming Tet). They mixed an even proportion of tapioca flour and rice flour with water, and steamed the mixture on a dish cloth stretched across the pan of boiling water. Within seconds they rolled it off onto a woven basket club (type thing!) onto dry racks where it then turned into a firm pancake ...
... to sell their good to shops. Each boat of the market sells one things, they display their product by hanging it off a mast. Next went to a place that made rice noodles. Headed back to Can Tho for lunch. Met some really nice people from our tour. One was Doug who had left Vietnam as a child and now lives in the States. He spoke Vietnamese and ordered us an amazing lunch of local dishes. It was so delicious. Started the long bus journey back to Saigon.
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