Wednesday, 18 March 2009
FuFu World Tour - Mekong Delta, Viet Nam
25th May - 11th June 2007 - Part Five
Mytho, Saigon, Vietnam.
This Mekong Delta one day trip provided a look at a wide variety of the life of the people and scenery of the delta. It was approximately an hour and a half drive to Mytho. On the way, you will see the green paddy fields, orchards and plantations stretching towards the horizon.
We're going to explore the Mekong delta.
The Mekong River is one of the world's 10th rivers in its river length and has great influences upon nature and societies of the Indo-China Peninsula. The source of the river is in Tibet mountains, running through Yunnan province of China, crossing Myanmar, flowing into Vientiane and Cambodia plain and the last segment is the Mekong delta in Vietnam, which distributes grate influences to agriculture, especially paddy fields there.
Our tour guide explaining the schedule of the day.
First, we got on a motorised boat, crossing the river, roaming around and observing how the tranquil life of the villagers and the natural setting of Mekong delta in Mytho. Then we got on a smaller boat, continued enjoying the shady canals with plantations and coconut trees along both the canal sides.
Wow, i want to have a ride on this round-shaped-boat.
The floating houses.
The entrance of a plantation i guess.
The small fishing boat.
The cruising ferry.
The petro station - Caltex.
The big fishing boat.
The tourist motorised boat.
Mekong Delta, the Great River of the Indo-China Peninsula.
We gotta changed a smaller boat to further explore the canal.
I snapped Annabel.
While she was snapping this boat man.
Gotta change another boat.
From a big motorised boat to a smaller boat.
10 passengers in a boat.
Our tour guide.
We're exploring the small canal...
We're brought to a plantation.
We then stopped at an islet. We did a little trekking through the the fruits plantations, visited a bee-keeping garden and tasted the natural honey and its wine with lime. After that, we proceeded to a restaurant for lunch. We were served with plate of fried noodle and a bottle of cool drink.
This little girl show us how the people collect the honey.
Honey and the lime.
The delicacies made from coconuts and bananas.
The longan orchard.
Lunch - fried noodle and Coke.
Any dragon fruit?
You ought to be extra careful when walking on the bamboo bridge.
We gonna have some fruits after lunch.
Dragon fruits, papayas, pineapples, rambutans and bananas.
I personally prefer the duet's singing.
Next we came to a local orchard to enjoy the local tropical fruits while enjoying the Vietnamese traditional folks music. We were brought to a souvenir shop where you could see how the coconut candy being processed. You are allowed to try the candy before you purchase it. Lastly, we jumped on a rowing sampan, going through the maze of shady canals before returning to Mytho by the motorised boat.
The coconut - if you have not seen it before.
The coconut candy - the cutting process.
You can buy these souvenir to your family or friends.
We gotta leave the place.
This was another awesome ride!
Six of us including two rowers.
Most of these rowing boats are in-charged by Vietnamese ladies.
The captain of the rowing boat.
Along both sides of the canal are the coconut palm tree.
This lady leaded us out to the main stream.
These two kids are from Singapore.
Moved on to the motorised boat.
We're heading back to Mytho.
The Mekong Delta trip was ended.
We'd been to Mytho.
Stopped here for toilet break.
The Vietnamese traditional costume - Ao Dai.
Lotus is the national flower of Vietnam.
Guest what? This Mekong Delta one day trip only cost us US$7 each. Including the transportation, boat ride, lunch, fruits, guide, the folks music, etc. Do remember, enjoy the Mekong delta trip while you visit Saigon. It's real worth your seven dollars.
The common street scene in Saigon.
Like the day before, i sent Annabel off at the bus station next to Ben Thanh market. I met up Andy and his friend after shower for dinner. I tried the exotic Hue's dishes (Hue is a historical state of Vietnam). The dishes looked simple but surprisingly yummy delicious.
The popular Ben Thanh market.
We met up in front of Rex Hotel.
The Hue's style dinner.
Andy and his pretty friend, Pei.
After dinner we moved to the downtown of Saigon.
I helped them to get as many surveys from tourists as i could.
Andy sent me back to my hotel by his motorcycle. We couldn't hang out late as both of us need to get up early the next day for school and flight respectively.
Vietnam Part One
Vietnam Part Two
Vietnam Part Tree
Vietnam Part Four