Heaven is in southern Vietnam...
Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
18Trip End Aug 01, 2013
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The whole area of the Mekong is thriving; with life, people, wildlife, greenery and just an energy and warmth you don't find anywhere else in Vietnam. I've briefly noticed areas like this before, either Mekong/river areas or coastal places, there's a noticable difference between areas connected to water in some way but with the Mekong there just seems to be that something extra involved....
The whole place feels like The Caribbean. There's a perfect climate which is warm yet slightly breezy
On my trip i'd picked my own bits of fruit occasionally but on this trip i actually tried some sugar cane. No doubt it was private property but i'd seen the sugar cane machines make the drinks a million times so i thought id just break one off and sample it.... easy to do but in breaking the branch i got several papercuts from the stringyness of the stem itself but after some difficulty breaking off the outer membrane i had 5 blissful moments just sucking all that natural sugar out to the amazement of many passing motorcyclists...!
I have noticed a certain 'comfortableness' about being in SE Asia, a familiarity like i'm here yet belong here and don't feel at all out of place or like i am just travelling which i guess comes with being here so long now, but i can happily be stuck in the middle of a crowd, all eyes on me and just feel no different, though the reality still is that i must stand out like a big white sore thumb..
After a few days and with a sudden sense of great achievement and accomplishment, i made it to Rach Gia, some 100km or so from Cambodia and my next adventure.....
It's 106km to Cambodia,
I've got half a bottle of suncream,
a full tank of fuel,
its boiling hot,
and i'm wearing jeans....