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Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc April 23rd 2011

Having booked our stress free trip we got up early and headed down to wait for our pick up to get to the docks. The driver arrived on time and a few minutes later we were sat on the boat that would take us to the Cambodian border and into Vietnam. It was a slow boat ride down the Mekong river, which was ultimately a little disappointing as there was very little to look at bar the banks of the river. We slowly began to realise along the way that our guide wasn't the best at explaining exactly what was going on. This was ultimately confirmed when we were unable to establish when our light lunch would be served. We stopped off on the way to look at a rice noodle factory. However, after scrambling ... read more
Floating Market
RIce Paper Factory

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc March 28th 2011

The journey from Saigon to Phnom Penh took 2 days and was allegedly a 2 day river cruise to the Cambodian capital. This included a night in a “froating hotel” and having some flunky do all the boarder legwork and us just having to fill out a form but the reality was somewhat different but great fun and an amazing way to see the country. We left Saigon at 7am and boarded a bus and headed to a small town on the Mekong Delta to go out in a boat and see some villages and the river wholesale market. Once again in my ignorance I did not realise the sheer scale of the Mekong river. The river starts in China and runs all down through the Thai/Lao border to Cambodia, through Cambodia and then through Vietnam ... read more
Boat on way to Froating Markets
Froating Market

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc March 18th 2011

Sunday 6th March We're off on our Mekong River cruise today and it began by bus south towards Bến Tre which is one of the country's southern provinces situated in the delta of the Mekong River. The Mekong Delta is where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southeastern Vietnam of 39,000 square kilometres. The Mekong Delta, as a region, lies immediately to the west of Ho Chi Minh City, roughly forming a triangle stretching from Mỹ Tho in the east to Châu Đốc and Hà Tiên in the northwest, down to Cà Mau and the South China Sea at the southernmost tip of Vietnam. We are heading for Châu Đốc later on today where hopefully another boat will take ... read more
Mekong Delta - Boat to Phoenix Island
Mekong Delta - Boat to Phoenix Island
Mekong Delta - Boat to Phoenix Island

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc March 15th 2011

Taiwan General Impressions: Taiwan is full of friendly and overwhelmingly hospitable people with human rights. Everyone seems really happy and they really just want you (as a tourist) to enjoy your time there. Do’s and Don’ts: Don’t wear your shoes inside someone’s home, and after that it’s pretty much the same do’s and don’ts of mainland China. Favorite Place: Taroko Gorge (specifically riding mopeds and hiking through it) Favorite traveler met: Canadian who gave me a lift from the airport to Taipei. He was from Vancouver, really easy going, loved the outdoors and the environment. Favorite phrase: “Ok le ba?” Literally meaning “Ok (completed action) (rhetorical question)?” Massage: Head Massage – 9 out of 10. Oils, salts, and shampoos rubbed in your hair with a stone for 30 minutes. Heavenly. Local Beer: Taiwan Beer - ... read more
Vietnamese nap time
Protector of Angkor

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc March 2nd 2011

Chau Doc to Can Tho As Monk and Saavas were saying their goodbyes to Vang the previous evening, he insisted on taking them to the bus station the next morning and organising a ticket to Can Tho 'at local people prices'. Monk had originally hoped that they could find a boat from Chau Doc to Can Tho so they could cruise the Mekong (or the Bassac) for this section of the trip. However, it seems that no public boats operate this section of the river any more - buses and motorbikes have put an end to most of the public river transport services. The only boats offering any kind of service are the up-market 2-5 day 'rice barge' cruises running into hundreds of dollars. So, the bus was the only option. At 10:00 Vang and buddy ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc March 1st 2011

Vang's Riverside, Countryside and Sam Mountain Tour Around Chau Doc Next morning at 8:30, Vang and a colleague were there with their mopeds ready to whisk Monk and Saavas off to the riverside where they climbed on board a small boat piloted by an old lady - Vang's mum thought Monk - but no, just a friend said Vang later. Monk mentally nicknamed her Madame V. Whoever she was, she was an expert boat woman and handled the boat through some tricky situations during the 4-hour morning trip. Vang's trips usually cater for groups up to 4 people and today, 2 French Canadians joined Monk and Saavas. At the Chau Doc floating market Madame V skillfully manouevred through the traders' boats moored on the river, gently colliding at times with other boats, some containing tourists, others, ... read more
The Floating Market
Banana Boat
Melons for Sale

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc February 28th 2011

Chau Doc Most Vietnamese bus stations seem to be some distance from the town centre and Chau Doc is no exception. Monk and Saavas caught a taxi to the Victoria Hotel, a seriously up-market place for Chau Doc, in the hope that they might be able to negotiate cut-price rooms for a couple of nights. No such luck - the hotel is in such demand that discounts are not necessary. They were treated to cold drinks while attempting to negotiate with the ever-so-polite booking manager who suggested another hotel a short distance from the centre of town. The Chau Pho hotel proved to be a good recommendation. Chau Doc is a good stopover for a couple of nights. It has an excellent market, open all day until early evening, all claustrophobically jammed in to a few ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc February 27th 2011

Phu Quoc to Ha Tien and Chau Doc On Sunday Nellie, Monk and Saavas said their goodbyes to Gerard and Mai and left the tranquility of Mai House on Phu Quoc to catch the 13:30 boat for Ha Tien on the mainland. When buying the tickets, the agent said it would be the moden 'Superdong' hydrofoil. It turned out to be an old rust bucket called the Can Tho which looked like the rusted fuselage of a 747 minus its wings. The real 'Superdong' was leaving just as we turned up but it was going to Rach Gia instead - further south on the mainland. The Can Tho was jammed full of the usual crowd of fun-loving (read - raucous) Vietnamese holidaymakers. The 'in-flight movie' this time was a series of bizarre pop-videos, one where the ... read more
The Can Tho Rust Bucket
Slow - Rice on Road

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc February 24th 2011

After seeing all the sights in Saigon it was time to move on, we found a 3 day 2 night tour of the Mekong Delta that would finish in Phnom Penh, Cambodia so we booked it. The Mekong River is approx 4,900 km long making it the 10th longest river in the world. It begins in Tibet and travels through Burma, China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam making it an important life source for the people of these countries. A river this large must have a huge catchment area, the delta's total catchment area is 39,000 square km so its absolutely massive and the amount of land covered by water depends on the season. The first day of the tour we took a bus from Saigon to a town in the delta called Ben Tre. We ... read more
Water police

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc February 9th 2011

The red evening sun turned to burnished copper the woman rinsing her shampooed hair in the muddy brown water. A berg of brilliant-white soap bubbles drifted downstream with the current and broke into floes against the legs of the Water Buffalo standing beside her. An old woman presided over them on a rickety wooden pier cleaning fish for dinner. Welcome to the Mekong. It is born of snow flakes falling in the Himalayas 4,900 Kilometers to the north. By the time the trickle reaches the Gulf of Thailand it has split into nine wide separate tributaries known to the Vietnamese as the ‘Cuu Long’ or the Nine Dragons. The Mekong drains over 300,000 square miles of land and passes through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The Mekong Delta produces over forty-percent of Vietnam’s food. ... read more
Home and Boat
Chau Doc Happy

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