Mon 23 May 2005
An early start as it's a long ride towards the coast & a ride on the Mekong river delta
Lots of traffic....
That is a kid, not a toy.
She looks comfy..
Family graves close to home...
Cross a river or two..
& a stop at - you guessed it - a temple...
She holds the incense above her head so that her prayers are wafted to heaven on the smoke...Nice thought.
Lovely lilies or maybe Lotus. Lily I think..
There are several Buddha here..this one is laughing. Never catch Jesus doing that.
& here taking a well earned nap.. a sleeping Buddha.
Ladies really do wear the conical hats. This one selling incense sticks.
THE MICKEY MOUUSE CAFE !
At long last we get to the river, at My Tho.
We are going to cross the river & visit a place where they raise bees, sample some bee products, have a bite to eat while listening to a folkloric show, go for a punt through a mangrove swamp & back to the ship. It's a full day..
My boat on the left..
Everything stowed away, ship shape & Bristol fashion..
Passing the locals..
Almost across the river now...Nice bridge..
I am not sure if we are on the other shore or an island in the river...anyway, more conical hats
& this girl is showing us the bees in the hives...
This one is serving the honey tea & little tasters of Royal honey & bee products. For sale of course. I actually bought something. Forget what - A little snack maybe.
Then tastes of fruit & some singing. More western tunes played on eastern instruments. There was a saucer of salt mixed with chilli. Tasted great when the fruit was dipped in it.
A friendly Gecko...
The lady punters waiting to on load their passengers. 4 to a boat except the guy in front of me was so huge I suggested there should only be 3 of us in it.
our driver must have been about 90 & she made a point of complaining ( in Vietnamese ) about how hard it was to move us. It was super hot & it did look like hard graft.
The guy in the boat in front of me nearly fell in trying to disembark. No way was I going to catch him.
But everyone made it safe ashore & I gave the old lady a good tip. She couldn't get anything out of the fat guy, much as she tried.
We then visit a place where they make sweets out of Taro. .
There is an open fire where the ingredient is heated. Process is a bit like making Maple Syrup. Keep boiling off the water. I had a bag for about 5 more countries. Nice & chewy...
Oh Oh - Snake warning
Cross over the bridge
Pass this lady who thinks it is absolutely hilarious to scare the tourists with her little snake...I do too, but then she wasn't trying to drape it round my neck.
Back across the Mekong...
Passing more overburdened scooters
I was told what was in these little green boxes but forget. Something to do with Chinese new year which is still not over yet.
& we leave Saigon & head down the Saigon River & out to sea.
What a long, lovely day..