Trip Start Apr 01, 2005
Trip End Jun 29, 2005

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Day 2 of my tour started with a boat trip to watch and experience the daily life of the people that life in the Mekong Delta. We floated around watching the people go about their daily business and visited a fish farm, minority village and an incense factory. We were told that the average Vietnamese wage is $1US per day.

We boarded a bus that took us to Can Tha. Once again, everyone stayed in a hotel in the town, but myself and the English girl were taken 45 minutes upstream to our homestay.

As we retrieved our bags from the bus, I noticed that my side pocket was undone and the contents had dissappeared. I suspected the worst because I heard of stories where the bus drivers go through traveller's bags. The empty pocket is where I kept my underwear. So, there are two possibilities. Either, the bus drivers have claimed my underwear, or the more believable explanation, I left the pocket undone in the morning and my underwear is scattered throughout Vietnam. Fortunately, I had several more pairs of underwear packed away in my bag.

The homestay family was extremely nice and the food that they dished up for was some of the best food I had eaten on my travels. Their house was located on a small island in the Melkong Delta.

There wasn't much to do on the Island so I helped the family build some supports for concrete drains that they were installing. This consumed the rest of the afternoon and was a good way to interact and find out more about the family. They offered me coffees and beers for my services.

That evening I decided showered with the locals the Mekong River. The river looks dirty but it was very refreshing.

That night, before bed, we played cards with the children. We were also given a drink that contained something that looked like green pig guts. I wasn't game to ask what it was but it was very refreshing.

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