During our stay 2005 in Saigon, unfortunately we had not enough time to visit the Mekong Delta. This time we went there purposefully and booked a 2-day tour on the comfortable and beautiful Mekong Eye by Thomas Weingartner (tvh-Travel).
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We went by boat from Cai Be to Can Tho, the heart of the Delta, and had wonderful views of the river. Here is the rice-, vegetable- and fruit garden of Vietnam. In a small country trip we could see the lush orchards and rice fields, just behind the shore. The small villages are also specialized to make some sweets from the rice.
The Highlight at the next morning was, of course, the floating market in Can Tho. There was a big market atmosphere, whole boatloads be sold to the retailer. Therefore, we saw unfortunately not so many small boats loaded with goods, but it was definitely a great experience. You have to go there very early to see the bustling and authentic live. Later is the time for the day tourists who came from Saigon, but then mostly all is nearly over.
By the car we drove almost 120 km to our next stop in the Delta,
Chau Doc near the Cambodian border.
At first we chartered a boat for 2 hours in the morning, including guide to visit the floating market. Here it's very different than in Can Tho, there are more small boats and therefore we saw much more. We were allowed to climb in such a small trading boat to see how the families life and work here in a really small space. Unthinkable for us.
Another stop was at the fish farms where the fishes grown under the floating houses and were only selling for the local markets and not for the export. Beside the banks we visited also a Muslim village. Over rickety bridges and some adventurous blanks we went to and trough the village. You can see the photos in our photo gallery.
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