Published: March 5th 2012March 4th 2012
We had a fantastic day around the pool the tempeature is up to 35 degrees and the Sun is burning, so we thought best to have a lazy day in the Appartment Grounds and Swimming Pool and go out in the Evening. Now on our way home the other night we saw a very busy area not that far from us. So thought it might be a good idea to have a walk around there as it would save us having to go all the way into the City. We asked the receptionist to write down the area and instructions for the Taxi driver, not many speak English, in fact hardly any do. The receptionist looked at us a bit strange and said well they don't speak English in this area very well, a slight warning for us. But I just said oh we don't worry about that. Off we went it wasn't far and in was a straight road, the Taxi driver dropped us outside a Vietnamese Resturant and we thought we might as well go in, and ask for a couple of beers and see how things progress. In we walk and we are suprised when about 4 staff
desend on us, and show us to the table, but on the way we had to cross over some tanks, full of fish, ok but another one full of frogs! at least they were alive. We got to the table and everyone was staring at us, I would say looking, but it wasn't, it was staring. It took a bit of time to sort out we wanted just two beers, but that seemed to go quite well. We looked at the Menu, well, it was ridiculous! Page 1 was all Goats, Page 2 was all Frogs Page 3 was all Snake Page 4 was all TORTOISE!! Then we got to the blood page, Snake Blood, Tortoise Blood, oh dear we just couldn't see any possibility of eating here. Can we have the Bill please! That was sorted out quite well and off we trotted......
The roads were just so busy with Traffic, we were miles out of the City and it was still non stop, 10 motorcycles just baring down on you all the time. I will try and upload a video. So we found somewhere else just to have a drink and watch the traffic, and it was
much the same as the last place! They did have some meat cooking on a barbecue type thing and you could go up and pick your own. So I thought I would try a couple of skewers, come to think of it, it was a bit stupid. Anyway the skewers arrived well cooked and very well seasoned. Lets give them a try, oh pretty tasty but a bit chewy, in fact a bit too chewy, I eat one, the other one disappeared like magic!! I was wondering if it would be best not knowing or should I really find out what I had eaten. I decided it would be more fun asking, the answer was Chicken Hearts....oh wonderful! We walked a bit more, and had a drink in another resturant type place where they were watching the football. Same sort of experience, here they get your next round ready in a cold bucket by the side of your ta
ble. Great idea! Some of the locals were sitting 10 to a table, so they just had a full crate of beer sitting next to their table. Then one of the TV's broke down, no worries, they just took it
off the wall and put up another one, all in about 5 minutes, and 6 helpers! The menu was equally shocking, although they did have beefsteak as well, but we decided not to bother. We walked some more and it was clear this was the only type of food we were going to get, frogs snakes and tortoise, so after hailing a couple of cabs and giving up on one because he couldn't understand where we wanted to go, we got back just as the local shop was closing and bought some ham cheese and rolls......very tasty! But safe!
The next morning was an early pick up at 7.00am to go to the Mekong Delta on a speedboat type thing, it could cruise quite fast but very smooth I have to say. We finally got going at about 7.45am and were soon on the way out of Ho Chi MinH City (HCMC) at a nice rate of knots and you could see all the houses on stilts that all hold large families backing on to the River. Hundreds of them, before we got out into more open countryside, although this is a quite busy river and there was always
something to look at. We a stop at a pagoda, interesting, then we had a walk round a market, always interesting and the guide told us more about the local produce. We had a funny mixture of people on the boat. There was a couple of Italians, 6 Aussies and 4 Americans, now they were pretty diverse characters the americans typical american tourists and they needed a bit of pampering with parasols to protect them from the heat, but it was funny, and the guides were having difficulties trying to keep everyone together. We finally stopped at the monastry for lunch which was attached to an orphanage. The food had all come with us, so we were told, but it was all cooked in 5 minutes, so not sure how that happened! But anyway it was a right feast, and we all tucked in and it was a very friendly lunch and we had a right good chin wag as well.
The orphans were looking as if they were having a great time, chatting away, and they would mimic you if you whistled or pulled a face, winked, obviously they were playing up to you to get a few
pennies, and fair enough can't blame them for that, who wouldn't at that age, a few pennies to buy some sweets doesnt seem like the crime of the century, it looks like they are all going to be good English speakers and that in Vietnam means a job for certain, so they are all going to do well, as they can speak better English than a lot of the children. It was soon time for our journey home and a great day out on the River it just keeps you mesmorised at the beautiful scenery it has rich green trees nearly all the way, and it is used for everything, and thousands of people's lifes depend on the magnificent Mekong Delta River. It is a fantastic place of photographs and we took hundreds, here are some of the best. Catch you soon.
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