Meandering the Mekong
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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We were running low on Dong, and after splashing the last of our money on delicious seafood rice, we worried we might not have enough for the ferry across the river to Vinh Long. Luckily, it turned out to cost 10p and we had a welcome 15minute sit down on board before the final 20 miles to Cantho
The bridge into Cantho was an enormous one, unbelievably steep, especially for tired legs, and frustratingly it was still 3km into town. At this point we hit the usual millions of mopeds found in any Vietnamese town. We also immediately started to see tourists, all looking sweaty from hair-raising minibus journeys from Saigon. We found a great hotel which had clearly worked out what tourists want and capitalised on it. They had 3 hotels in the same road all with immaculately clean, cheap rooms, cable TV and wifi – no frills and no worries about bringing in the bikes – great.
Cantho is a really fun town, with loads of mad markets and a river front of pretty restaurants and bars. After a relaxing drink on the water, we headed into town, away from the dozens of people on Mekong tours, to find a Lonely planet recommended Italian restaurant. Even better, by an amazing coincidence, we bumped in to our Vietnamese friends from the previous night! Mia and Hau had just finished supper so we arranged to meet us for breakfast in the morning – perfect.
The lonely planet's restaurant had clearly moved, so we found another Italian on the riverfront and ordered a feast of pasta to fuel us for 75 miles in the morning
Back at the hotel, we planned the route to the border, feeling quite sad that it will be our last day in Vietnam, after 6 weeks and some serious highs and lows.
Miles cycled: 71 with almost as many bridges