War Remnants and Candy on the Mekong
Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
17Trip End Mar 08, 2010
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We head out again for 1.5 hours ride into the countryside on the way to the Mekong Delta. We stop at a tourist departure point- toilets and souvenirs- where we're gathered into our small boat with our local guide, Kim. We visit one island where our walk becomes a botanical adventure- pointing out diverse fruit trees. We stop for a bit of a taste and some local music
We walk back to the river and divide ourselves between two smaller boats. We head up the narrow tributary into another island. We stop at one pier for a cooking demonstration- and purchase opportunity- of coconut candy. I pick up several packages for the always hungry gang at work. We're also entertained with a captured python that's draped around the shoulders of several willing folks for a very different photo op. After tea and a little local moonshine, we head back to our little boats, and then back out the stream for a stop at a restaurant in the jungle. Highlight of the meal is the whole, fried elephant fish that our waitress pulls apart to assemble delicious rice paper rolls.
Then back to our big boat for the ride across the river to our tourist depot and of course, the toilet and souvenir shopping opportunities it represents before the ride back to the city.
Tonight is our farewell dinner at the Cordon Bleu Restaurant located on a tiny side street a short bus ride from the hotel. Fabulous meal to mark the end of the trip as a group. Some folks are staying on while others return to the states through diverse paths. J and I are the only ones heading on the Hong Kong for the post-tour extension. As we walked back to our bus, we were surprised to find that the tiny side street was home to many diverse little happy houses, each with uniquely and colorfully dressed (interesting application of the work uniform concept) lovely happy ladies. HMMM? Mark really knows how to show us the local sights.