Blogs from Chau Doc, An Giang, Mekong River Delta, Vietnam, Asia - page 6


Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc April 6th 2009

Despite the stern posters in the cafe, we sneakily set aside a few pastries at our all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, true traveller style, and headed off to Phnom Penh port for the ferry to Chau Doc in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Had another interesting chat with a young Cambodian waiter whilst we waited; he told us how with the "financial crisis" lots of garment factories are closing in Cambodia and people are heading back to their rice paddies to survive. Also how to marry he would need an unattainable amount to cash to support the family; then, typically good-naturedly, he laughed at how rich we must be when we told him everyone had been affected in the West too - not really comparable... Trip doesn't get off to a good start as 10 mins down the Tonle Sap ... read more
Not much of a pavement really
Chau Doc and the Party Van at 6am from our window
View of Cantho and its Ho Chi Minh statue

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc March 25th 2009

Phu My- Mekong Delta- Ho Chi Minh City-Vietnam 17th march Today we were very exited as we looked forward to our trip down into the Mekong Delta. To get there we had to take a 31/2 hr drive. Lots of us had chosen this trip, but to our delight they surprised us by dividing us into small groups of 6 and giving us a mini bus each complete with our own guide. It was great not being squashed up and Murdo was enjoying the large windows to himself to snap through!! The latest camera club assignments were to experiment with fast/slow shutter speeds to obtain different effects. I do hope you can see an improvement in the artistic composition of our posted photos (which I have to say are really only a fraction of the thousands ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc March 9th 2009

Mekong day 2 The next morning we had another 3 hour boat trip on the Mekong. Our first stop was through a huge floating market called Cai Rang Floating Market. There was everything here as the people all live on these boats. Whatever they are selling they have displayed on the end of a long stick like a banner from the front of the boat. It was mostly vegetables and fruit. But some boats were like food stands where they were selling barbecued meat and noodle dishes. One boat even had just lottery tickets. The part I found amazing is that they washed everything even their dishes in the Mekong off a little platform on the back. We really enjoyed our day. We were on a smaller boat so that we were able to go off ... read more
Fast food delivery
Tons of produce

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc March 7th 2009

Day 8 Well, we woke up still in Cambodia and some of us (including myself) woke up with some dandy sunburns. I was surprised mine was as bad as it was as I had SPF 30 and wasn't directly in the sun for more than 2 hours total. Ok, really I do know it must be because the sun is super strong here. We boarded our bus and headed to the Cambodia/Vietnam border. It was much more calmer and slightly more surreal than our crossing from Thailand into Cambodia. We were the only people in line and we each took a turn to walk into a small hut while an older gentleman slowly and thoroughly stamped our passports in between taking phone calls on his cell phone. That was just to exit Cambodia. In Vietnam, we ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc February 8th 2009

Day 29/30/31- Chau Doc Aw yes, where were we?!? Our lovely bus ride. This was a truly local bus, the luxury of A/C & a free water bottle was long gone. The bus ticket assigns a numbered seat, but the people inside didn't abide by this, so we just sat ourselves in the second row from the front. A women in the lone right seat in the front row sat staring at us for about 20 minutes, it was awkward but we guess that's a day in the life of a celebrity (see previous blog). Our bus took off at noon as scheduled but once it pulled out of the "station" it then crawled at an extremely slow pace (an eleven year old girl on a push bike over took us) for about 15 minutes. With ... read more
Young Rice

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc February 2nd 2009

Eilen, Sunnuntaina matka jatkui jalleen! Herattiin aamulla kuudelta, kaytiin aamiaisella gh:n raflassa ja paineltiin ulos odottamaan bussia. Bussi myohastyi talla kertaa (vain) vajaaan tunnin. Hypattiin kyytiin, tayteen ahdettuun minibussiin. Niku meni kyytiin ensimmaisena ja sai viimeisen istumapaikan ja itse jouduin seisomaan oven edessa. Ei saa kasittaa vaarin, Niku olisi kylla vaihtanut paikkaa minun kanssa mutta bussissa ei mahtunut liikkumaan. Oltiin kuin sillit purkissa. Bussimatkan oli tarkoitus kestaa pari tuntia. Onneksi parin kilsan jalkeen pysahdyttiin ja osa porukasta vaihtoi toiseen, tyhjempaan bussiin. 1,5 tunnin reissaamisen jalkeen kulkuvaline vaihtui bussissta hienoon jokiveneeseen ja ensimmaista kertaa koko reissulla paastiin matkaamaan Mekong-jokea pitkin. Vene oli hieno, kirkkailla vareilla maalattu paatti. Sisalla oli molemmilla sivuilla pitkat, puiset penkit. Katol... read more
Mekong river, Cambodia
Mekong river, Vietnam
Mekong river, Vietnam

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc January 27th 2009

Greetings & happy year of the buffalo! We are holed up in Hanoi for a few days while Vietnam essentially shuts down for Tet New Years celebrations--seemed like a good time to blog about our week in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and the Mekong Delta. We arrived in Ho Chi Minh City via bus from Cambodia. The ride was uneventful except for (1) the pronounced change in scenery that occurred immediately upon crossing the border, as the fallow fields and bony cows of eastern Cambodia morphed into the emerald-green rice paddies and au jus-y heifers of western Vietnam; and (2) the fact that we fell victim to our second scam of the trip, after the meter on our taxi from the bus station somehow shot from 16,000 dong ($0.95) to 160,000 dong ($9.50) as we ... read more
Scooters in HCMC
Girl on a boat
Tourists watching the sun go down

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc November 6th 2008

Ohhhh if you watch the video see the joy on the faces of the boat passengers. They have just spotted a bigger boat and shelter. This little rowing trip was going to be one of the highlights of our trip into the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.... and in some ways it was - we were soaked, nearly sank and our boatmen nearly killed themselves laughing. We were slightly less endeared to the idea of falling out of the boat and wallowing with the mud fish (weird leggy fish that live in the mud) but when you are sinking you have to laugh. Life in the Mekong goes slow, people are so friendly and you take it as it comes. We have a lovely lovely time traveling on various craft, seeing local orchards, bee-keeping farms, rice mills ... read more
checking out life on the river
Contemplating life from a floating house
All eyes on the boat

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc November 4th 2008

We left the relative comfort and normality of Ho chi minh at 07.00 on Sunday morning, to head off on our first real excursion!! We booked a 2 day, 1 night trip to the Mekong River Delta. It was a lot of travelling, by various methods...bus, boat, ferry and bicycle!!! But well worth it, and hope the photos do it justice??? The first day, we went to a place called Cai be, and saw the floating market, basically a load of boats, with people trading goods, it was fascinating. Then we headed to a small island called An Binh for lunch with some local people, again very nice grub!! After this, back on the bus to Chau Doc, where we spent the night on a floating hotel, which was very cool, and fairly quiet after the ... read more
Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc October 22nd 2008

Chau Doc 100'000 habitants sur les rives de la Bassac juste après la frontière du Cambodge. Nous avons passer la frontière en bateau, enfin un bateau jusqu'à la frontière on suit un gars qui part avec nos passeports et qui revient vingt minutes plus tard pour nous faire embarquer sur un autre bateau, celui-ci avec un drapeau rouge et une étoile jaune. Ca y est on est au Vietnam. Depuis le Cambodge, le bus pour se rendre au Vietnam est vraiment bon marché comparé au bateau mais l'expérience est bien plus riche et intéressante en bateau et nous sommes vraiment contents d'avoir choisi cette option. A Chau Doc nous avons visiter une maison flottante (il y en a des centaines dans les environs) et en dessous des maisons ils font de la pisciculture. Deux sortes de ... read more
Pont de bois
Fish farm

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