The Mekong Delta

Trip Start Sep 05, 2011
Trip End Nov 23, 2011

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Kim Lan Hotel

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hello again everybody!

This blog will be a shorter affair than some of the others due to the strict time limit our hotel has placed on internet usage (and the dodgy keyboard that keeps putting weird little hát and accents on letters and changing whole words to Vietnamese!)

After the sensory overload that ứa Ho Chi Minh City we made our way dơn to Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta. We only spent three days here and the main reason for our visit ứa to see the floating markets. After arriving on Friday afternoon to a very nice hotel (they had upgraded our rôm type and it was definitely one ò the best we've had yet) we arranged the boat trip for first thing on Saturday morning - 5:30 start, OUCH!

Our 'Boat lady' came and met us at our hotel and took us to the little boat we would spend the next 7 hours in. She was very kind and bought us coffee and bananas for breakfast (the coffee was some of the nicest either of us have ever had!).

After about 40 minutes we reached the first of the two markets we were planning to vísit. It was a case of us looking at one another asking whether thís was actually it or not. There were lots of boats similar to our own crowded together selling fruit and veg (almost exclusively pineapple and pumpkin) and we weaved our way through the middle of it all. Although it was interesting to see we were a little disappointed as it wasn't quite what we had hoped it would be e.g lots of colourful fruits and flowers for sale with boats cooking and selling the locals their breakfast etc.

Ever the optimists, we thought the second market would meet such expectations as we were told it was less touristy and a more authentic experience (it was also another 2 hours up the river!). When we finally arrived it was sadly a very similar situation to the first, only with fewer boats. The numbness our derrières had developed from sitting on a plank of wood was not worth it! Our boat lady came up trumps as she got us a pineapple and expertly chopped it into some pineapple lollipop which we happily munched away on as she began the three hour return journey!

We took a different route home and stopped off for some 'lunch' at 9.30am! This was made totally worthwhile thanks to the cute puppy and his long suffering daddy. (see the video).

We had a quiet time for the rest of our stay (there is not a huge amount to do or see there apart from the floating markets) and just got ready to head off to the airport for our much anticipated visit to the island òf Phu Quoc!

We have been forced to change our plans and return home sooner than planned due to the flooding in Thailand so we will be back in good old Blighty in just two weeks time! We feel an odd mix of disappointment and excitement - but mostly excitement to be coming home. Wooooooop!

Really hope you're all well and the weather isn't too awful (not so excited about that we must admit!)

We'll update about our island adventures when we can.

See you all very soon.

All our love,

Anna and Sam xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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