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Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc December 11th 2017

After a good nights sleep woke to find the homestay was over the water due to the high tide. After a short boat ride back down the river, we started a long day in the saddle starting with a 40 km ride to lunch passing intense agricultural activities utilising the fertile rich soils of the Mekong delta. Lunch was a superb small village menu being the family home of our tour bike mechanics followed by another 40 km ride in quite warm conditions. We then had a short bus and ferry ride to Long Xuyen to end our 2 day Mekong experience before travelling to our last overnight stop in Vietnam at the Chau Pho Hotel. After dinner we had a rickshaw tour of the town to end our Vietnam visit.... read more
Our Homestay
A village fisherman
No load to big for a Scooter

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc August 9th 2015

Day 21 - "Crocodile teeth" floating market, crocodile restaurant, Cham people and Chau Doc I had a rough night last night! Very difficult getting comfortable due to neck and arm pain. Covered the muscles in tiger balm, eventually, fell asleep! It was a 6am start, breakfast, and out, leaving our baggage for the driver to pick up. He will meet with us later. Hoang was already in the breakfast room when we got there. It was a quick breakfast and off on foot, to the dock. We are going to the floating river market. Houng relays another story about yet another strong man, he fought a huge crocodile, hence, this is now called crocodile market. Everything that sells, or that is a need point, has a floating version. The floating petrol station is a strange one ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc July 29th 2015

On Thursday it was time to say goodbye to Cambodia and Lou, for now. After our bus across the border experience we decided an alternative route might be better. We had really hoped to cruise along the Mekong river, but couldn't find anything within our end of holiday budget, so settled for a speed boat trip across the border and a bus back to hcmc (not so glamorous but still gave us some glimpses of river life). The boat trip was quite good fun, showing the vastness of the Mekong river and varied uses. We had to stop to repair a fuel line, but otherwise had an event free journey. The border crossing was much less stressful, in Cambodia we and the other dozen passengers hopped off to get our passports stamped while the remaining border ... read more
We sat in the restaurant waiting for our speed boat
On the boat
Front view of boat

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc March 2nd 2015

I'm up early on Sunday morning and have got myself organised with hours to spare. After breakfast I head out for a walk and found myself in D's Books, where I purchased a 2nd hand novel. I left a book at Horizons in Siem Reap for another traveller to enjoy, and will do the same with this one when I'm finished with it. My planned departure is at midday on the Hang Chau Tourist Boat, bound for Chau Doc in Vietnam. The boat leaves from the Port on Sisowath Quay, and the ticket cost me $29. Unfortunately there is only one daily departure, an earlier start would have suited me better, but nothing I can do about that. There is another company called Blue Cruiser who ply this route, but they leave even later, at 1.30pm. ... read more
Chau Doc from the water
Another photo taken from the water
My guide & very small boat!

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc August 3rd 2013

After our heavy negotiating and our too good to be true price we figured that today would be a bit of a let down. How wrong can two people be?!? We were picked up from our hotel in a brand new saloon car with a climate akin to Siberia in January and whisked into the Saigon rush hour. The ride was smooth and we had a little snooze as we drove through the suburbs and south towards the Mekong delta. We drove for around two hours before pulling up next to a bus full of tourists at a dock where various boats were moored. I don't mind telling you my heart sunk a little when we saw some of the same people we toured the cu chi tunnels with yesterday clamber off the bus. We waited ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc April 5th 2013

At about 7.00am the next morning, after a chaotic and very rushed breakfast, we had to make a decision. I was negotiating few extra nights at Green Suites with Long the receptionist when Janie appeared on the stairs and said, ‘Let’s just go for it!’ Still ‘Ohing and Ahing’ we jumped into a minibus, and from Ho Chi Minh City, headed south-west for the Mekong Delta. There were several stops at ‘motorway services’ - banana leaf shacks at the side of the road - which gave some relief to the relentless heat of the confined minibus and enabled Janie to stretch her aching back. The roads were basic to say the least and our little bus bounced and jarred over the numerous bridges. Eventually we arrived in Vinh Long in the heart of the Mekong and ... read more
Mekong River Sleepy Backwater
What do you think of my cock?
The Floating Hotel

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc January 14th 2013

Geo: 10.71, 105.11DAY TWELVE (1/14/13) — Chau Doc Town At daybreak, we head to an authentic floating market as vendors and shoppers converge. We watch sellers promote their products and view hundreds of boats of all sizes jockey for position. Lots of buying, selling and bartering. We then head over to the fish farms, where we see farmer-fishermen making their own fish food and farming their fish. I am mindful of an Oscar Hammerstein lyric from "South Pacific". Nellie Forbush and the young lieutenant sing: How far away Philadelphia P.A. Princeton N.J. How far are they? From coconut palms and banyan trees and coral sands and Tonkinese How far are they? Life here is so very different than what we know. We are amazed and blessed to have the opportunity to experience it; and more than ... read more
Banana boat
Statue that symbolizes Chau Doc
Chau Doc street market

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc January 13th 2013

Geo: 10.71, 105.11DAY ELEVEN (1/13/13) — Mekong Delta After breakfast and checkout, our bus takes us southwest out of Saigon and into the countryside. There is a major new highway (hooray!) and on both sides there are oodles of rice paddies. Many contain mausoleums right smack dab in the middle of the fields, where families bury their loved ones. Vietnam was the #1 exporter of rice in the world in 2012: 7.5 million tons. Much of the rice is grown in and near the Mekong Delta. A large part of the land is too wet or muddy to operate machinery; so a majority of the farming is still done by hand. Sometimes water buffalo - used in place of machinery - are a part of a bride's dowry because they are so important to the rural ... read more
Mekong River from our hotel room balcony
our hotel room
View from our porch

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc November 21st 2012

Day 1 In Hanoi we had booked a three day/two night tour which would take us from Saigon to Phnom Penh. Collected at 8:00am by our tour leader and driver, we said goodbye to the city officially named Ho Chi Minh, but everyone still calls Saigon. After 10 minutes or so, we picked up three young German men who were joining us for part of the tour. We were driven to a place called My Tho where we were instructed to lather ourselves in insecticide before boarding a small boat. Reeking of Bushman's 80% DEET, we were ready to take on the mighty mosquitoes of the Mekong. At Xuan Dong Islet, we jumped on bicycles for a leisurely pedal around a village. At one stage we were held up by a group of men carrying a ... read more
A refreshing drink stop
Floating along one of the canals
Living along the river




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