Wiki Mekong Delta.
“The Mekong Delta (Vietnamese: Đồng bằng Sông Cửu Long “Nine Dragon river delta”) is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southwestern Vietnam of 39,000 square kilometres (15,000 sq mi). The size of the area covered by water depends on the season. The Mekong Delta has recently been dubbed as a “biological treasure trove”. Over 10,000 new species have been discovered in previously unexplored areas of Mekong Delta, including a species of rat thought to be extinct.”
It’s hard to tell with some arranged trips if they will be any good, so far I must say I have been very lucky. I signed up for a two-day trip to the Mekong Delta south of Saigon. Day one started on a two hour bus journey to My Tho, where we transferred to a motor boat to visit some key islands, Dragon Island, Turtle Island and Unicorn Island. The start didn’t look too promising visiting a Bee keeping farm, but once we started onto the Water coconut canal it became more interesting. From there we continued to Ben Tre to see a handmade coconut candy work shop, some fruit sampling, as well as traditional southern Vietnamese music.
That evening the groups split, one group returned back to Saigon, my group was staying the night. I’d opted not to stay not in a Hotel but in “Homestay” where you can spend an evening and night with a Vietnamese family. Good move! It was very enjoyable, we had a lovely guide, who took us to Can Tho. As we arrived at the Home stay it was clear that this was a deluxe Homestay but never the less with an authentic family. There were five of us in our group and we were joined in the evening by other home stay guests to take part in a cooking course. Here we made Fried Spring rolls, sweet and sour soup, and a rice dish.It was a very tasty meal washed down with Rice wine of course, followed by some amazing fruit. The bed was comfortable and after an early breakfast we set of again. First stop, the Cai Rang floating market, a lot smaller in size these days as the demand on the river lessens, nevertheless very interesting to see. We made a stop here to sample some fruit, including the famous Durian fruit, smelly but tasty, hotels won’t let you keep this in your room it’s that smelly.
Soon after we headed for the next stop, to see how Pop rice is made, like pop corn but made with rice, at the same factory we saw Rice paper and rice wine being made, and it had to be done, we sampled Snake wine! Yes fermented snake from the river, some mixed with Scorpion. Quite a bite to it, excuse the pun! Whilst we were here we saw the pet Python, everyone seems to have one and also Elephant fish that we sampled later.
Along the canals on river boats
Everywhere has a pet python!
This chap was in the trees
Traditional southern Vietnamese music
This is how a pineapple grows!
Scenes on the river
The floating market
The sticks on the boat tells the locals the fruit or vegetable being sold
We stopped at this boat selling fruit
A cluster apple
Eating smelly Durian fruit
Making Pop Rice
The dreaded snake wine!
Scorpion and snake wine
Traditionally the eyes were drawn on the boats to scare crocodiles away
Elephant fish now to be eaten fried..
This lad was a performer!
I love this picture, i just caught her before we got on the bus, what a character.