Gieng Island and Sa Dec

Trip Start Jan 28, 2017
Trip End Mar 07, 2017

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Flag of Vietnam  , An Giang,
Friday, February 10, 2017

Gieng Island AM
The weather again is hot and humid. We took a Sampan boat to the Gieng Island. It was 80 square km and had a population of 50 thousand. We took a 6 person Rickshaw pulled by a motorcycle through the streets. People were waving and were so friendly. Seemed like a more developed village. Visited a Catholic Church and the priest talked to us. He was very lovely. About 10 % of the island practice the catholic faith and the rest are Buddhist. He wished us well and thanked us for coming and that our country sent UNICEF. Unicef has helped so many of the villages we have visited. The priest talked about how their area has been saved from Leprosy and many childhood diseases thru immunization programs. (There we go Janelle !). Also snake bite anti venoms etc. Over and Over we have heard the stories of UNICEF.

We continued on our Rickshaw ride and then walked thru mango orchard, vegetable garden and poultry/cattle farms. We stops at places that made the wooden Sampan boats. A Sampan boat would take 20 days to build if one person worked on it. It would be sold for 350.00 Us and then $700 total if you add a motor on it.

Sa Dec PM
A few hours down the river there was a place called Sa Dec. We road in the Sampan boat thru the canals looking at the boats and houses right on the shore line. We saw people throwing their garbage into the river. So much litter again at this place. Then we walked thru a bustling market. People were selling everything. Lots of fresh goods. Fruits,vegetables, rice, fish 40+ varieties snakes, frogs, chickens alive and dead etc. It really didn't stink. Everything looked fresh
And people were buying lots of food. We really had to be careful where we walked so we didn't get run down by a motorbike. It was fun to listen to the local chatter as they talked across the street from each other.

Sam one of our waiters came to get Lyndon to assist in announcing the meal by hitting the gongs. Surprised they didn't try to take Lyndon's it had a better tone ;-)

Bye for now!
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