Mekong Touring

Trip Start May 17, 2010
Trip End Aug 25, 2010

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Friday, July 16, 2010

So I hire a boat driver to tour me around to 2 floating markets and then the canals and back-channels of the Mekong river near Can Tho.

The floating markets were defiantly something different to see. It included mostly produce but the sheer volume of fruits and vegetables being wheeled and dealed out in the middle of a river was something I never thought I would experience. It was a little weird to see an small Vietnamese woman with her tiny row boat filled to the point of bursting with fruits and vegetables, crossing the wake of one of the large river barges spitting its black oily smoke and assaulting the ears with its oh so quiet engine.

The canals were a whole other story. They wind back through the countryside seemingly without end. We don't often go more than 30 feet without hearing the shouts of a child, "hello!!". They are all so excited to wave and say hi, one little boy started dancing when I waved back, another girl started to sing, and wow the performances I got when I pulled out the camera.

Things defiantly move a little slower back here, the river is everything to the people out here, its a toilet, bath, playground, dishwasher, cloths washer, kitchen, and probably most importantly highway. Anything that needs to be hauled in or out of these villages comes by way of boat, as I imagine it has and will for generations.
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