One more stop in Vietnam...Mekong Delta

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
Trip End Jul 22, 2008

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I took a 2 day bus/boat tour to get from Saigon to Phnom way really with less hassle and it's pretty. We took a boat around the Mekong Delta for a few hours...saw a local floating market - very modest boats where people sell, buy, live. People in that area also ran family businesses making cocunut candy or poprice (not popcorn) and poprice candy. The locals in the Mekong Delta are the poorest in Vietnam, very small wooden houses on stilts on the side of the river or in the boats themselves.

Stayed in Chau Doc overnight, the border town. Met 3 mad Lithuanian guys on my tour that were good craic! They realllly like to drink as i would've guessed. And they really like discotheques so found one out of town. All 5 of us hopped on a bicycle with a wee wagon and the poor driver took us the 3km. There were aboot 15 locals in side, it was a monday night tho but it certainly was airconditioned inside which was lovely...haha! It was loud and they treated us like VIP (think it's cuz we sat in the big round leather seats) served us a platter...and going to the loo was even more exciting - door was opened for me, stall door was opened,(bum wiped..haha kidding) tap was turned on for me, handed soap and towel, turned off tap - i've just never experienced such attentive loo service before. Anyways...then went to a local restaurant where we sat and chatted with some locals and then i went home and left the really drunk Lithuanians to themselves.

The next day up at dawn (the Lithuanians cracked open their first on many beers), on boat and saw the local floating fishing village...where people live on floating houses, quite large homes with a few diff't rooms and even a/c apparently. Then proceeded 3hr by slow boat to the Cambodian border...waited 3 hrs for another boat...then another 3hr boat ride in Cambodia. So a very relaxing, slow pace day, lovely scenery along the river with the houses and locals. Then our 1hr bus ride to Phnom Penh (the capital) turned into a 3hr debacle. The tire blew as we were driving and only 2 of the 5 bolts and studs remained so even with a changed tire, it wasn't safe. So waited for another bus and arrived aboot 10pm last night...long lovely day. So i haven't had too much luck with border crossings lately but it's always an experience.
I'm happy to be in Cambodia though!
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