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2015 - MEKONG RIVER - Beginning in Saigon


View 2015 PANDAW - MEKONG, ANGOR WATT TO SAIGON on hasbeen's travel map.

IT WAS A BIT OF A RUSH FROM SINGAPORE TO SAIGON BUT I ARRVED IN PLENTY OF TIME.

THE TAXI PEOPLE AT THE AIRPORT WHISKED ME STRAIGHT TO A TAXI & IT WAS A FAST RIDE THROUGH THE MANIC TRAFFIC TO THE HOTEL. WE BRUSHED AGAINST A COUPLE ON A SCOOTER BUT EVERYONE EXCEPT ME SEEMED TO THINK IT WAS AS NATURAL AS BREATHING.

I WAS ONLY AT THE HOTEL FOR A FEW HOURS AS THE CRUISE GROUP GATHERED FOR THE BUS RIDE TO THE BOAT.

HERE'S LOOKING DOWN ON THE HOTEL FOYER - CHINESE NEW YEAR ...

THIS PART OF MY TRIP IS A PANDAW RIVER CRUISE ON THE MEKONG PANDAW FROM CLOSE TO THE SEA IN VIETNAM TO NEAR SIEM REAP IN CAMBODIA.

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A QUICK RIDE THROUGH SAGON ...

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AND OUT INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE ...

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ONLY A BIT OVER AN HOUR TO THE PANDAW BOAT, DOCKED AT MY THO .. AT THE EDGE OF THE MEKONG DELTA

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AND BEFORE WE KNEW IT WE WERE OFF ALONG THE MEKONG ..

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THE FIRST EVENING WE WERE TREATED TO SOME LOCAL MUSIC ON DECK .. WITH ROGER HERE SERVING COMPLIMENTARY BOOZE

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ROGER -STILL HARD AT IT ...

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THE FOLLOWING MORNING WE HAVE BREAKFAST IN THE MOST EXCELLENT DINING ROOM & THEN BOARD ONE OF TWO SMALL BOATS FOR A RIDE TO THE VILLAGE OF CAI BAI ...

HERE ARE TWO OF OUR GUIDES FOR THE DAY ..

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I THINK THESE LADIES ARE LOCAL TAXI DRIVERS ..

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LOTS OF NICE RIVER TRAFFIC TO SEE BEFORE WE STEP ON LAND ...

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HERE WE ARE ABOUT TO LAND ..

AND LANDED ..

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WE GET TO SEE SOME LOCAL ARTISTS AT WORK ..

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THAT MIGHT BE A STILL FOR RICE WINE .. WHICH WE ARE OFFERED A TASTE OF ..

BUT THIS IS DEFINITELY SNAKE WINE ...

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THE YOUNG GUIDE DID NOT HAVE A TASTE BUT I TRIED THEM BOTH. QUITE TASTY. A BIT LIKE A SPANISH BRANDY. CHEAP & CHEERFUL.

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THIS LADY IS MAKING RICE PAPER ..

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SNAKE WINE FOR SALE - NOT WINE REALLY, MORE A SPIRIT ..

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ONE OF THE PADAW CREW ARE ALWAYS WITH US WITH A FIRST AID BAG & THESE MEN ARE ALWAYS ON THE LOOK OUT TO KEEP THEIR GUESTS SAFE ..

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BOTTLED SNAKES & SCORPIONS ..

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NOW WE ARE OFF LAND & BACK TOWARDS THE BOAT ..

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A BIT OF A TRAFIC JAM - TAXI DRIVERS, THE SAME THE WORLD OVER ..

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HERE WE GOT A BIT STUCK IN THE WATER HYACINTH .. WHICH I UNDERSTOOD TO BE A PROBLEM PLANT BUT EVERYONE HERE THINKS IS OK. EVERY PART OF IT GETS USED FOR SOMETHING.

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SUNSET COMES EARLY & FAST ..

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FERRIES KEEP GOING & FISHERMEN KEEP FISHING ..

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WIERD COLOURS ON THE WATER & THAT'S THE END OF OUR FIRST FULL DAY ON THE MEKONG.

IF YOU ARE AROUND GILLETE, WYOMING & READING THIS, I SEE YOU HAVE SPENT A WHILE READING MY MYANMAR STUFF, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT AS I AM INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU THINK OF MY ENTRIES HERE.

IF YOU OR ANYONE ELSE ARE INTERESTED IN THE REST OF THIS TRIP YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE TO E MAIL NOTIFCATIONS. AS FAR AS I KNOW IT DOES NOT OPEN YOU UP TO SPAM & JUNK MAIL.

Posted by hasbeen 05:59 Archived in Vietnam

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