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Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc September 28th 2008

Well David carried out his promise and had Anteater and I tasted some too. To be honest it was quite nice although I'm glad I stuck to then non exoctic sweet and sour pork. By the way he lived to tell the tale better than the Llama in Bolivia! I have a bit of a dicky keyboard so apologise in advance for the errors! So we departed for Saigon on a seven hour bus trip which took ten! This had something to do with the fact we were on an old and rickety bus that part the way through the trip appeared to have failing brakes, brought to our attention by an alarm buzzing away and the sudden decrease in speed by the driver and tentative use of the brakes. Well we got there in one ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc September 28th 2008

Hey there! Our next leg of our SE Asia journey was Vietnam, after talking to a few other travellers we decided to cross the border by boat along the Mekong River as the trip is stunning and a very relaxed way to enter the country, we travelled back to Phnom Penh and booked our ticket to leave the next morning. The first hour and half was by air con bus to the ferry port where we caught he boat, the boat was long and made of wood and the only passengers were myself, Craig and two girls from Chilli, Anna and Bea who were really nice, it was great just the four of us as this made the journey more chilled out. Immigration was so easy all we did was jump off the boat and get ... read more
Local people with very full boat!
Flooded rice fields
View from front of boat

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc September 18th 2008

Safely in Vietnam having not had to pay any unofficial extra charges to any officials!! We began the process of bargaining for a lift on the moto to the Chau Doc. As usual the price started ridiculusly high and we were followed for several metres by a large group of bikers until they finally agreed a reasonable price. Chau Doc is about 25mins drive from the border crossing and somehow i ended up with a man who was at least 70 driving my bike! He had to get someone else to lift my backpack on to the front between him and the steering wheel and then nearly fell off the bike - really filling me with confidence!! However, we made it in one piece and i only had to shut my eyes on two occasions when ... read more
My driver
This is for mark!!

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc August 16th 2008

4 hours from Can Tho right next to the Cambodian border is the small market town of Chau Doc. extending from the centre of town is a 4km long road that leads to Sam Mountain, a place of much spiritual importance to the towns people. for on this mountain there are countless temples with more being built (well at least one that i saw), it was also the location of a funeral of a friend of someone i met and no doubt countless others. this mountain was one of the main reasons of my visit here and so i headed for a guesthouse that was close to it only to find that the rooms were very overpriced and no longer had the option of a dormitory. after asking the moto driver to take me back to ... read more
Part of the new temple
Monk in a tree hammock
"I've been expecting u Mr Bond"

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc July 28th 2008

Arriving in Vietnam in the late afternoon was a blessing. We had to race to fit something into our day after devoting most of it to border crossing from Cambodia. Our guide skillfully shuffled us along on a riverboat tour and organized a motorbike ride while we were lazily drifting down the river. When time is of the essence, it's kind of nice to be told what to do and where to go. We had less than 24 hours in the Mekong Delta to make time for Saigon up ahead. As soon as I got back to the hotel, a young man appeared and was putting my helmet on. The drivers swarmed around us, each of them getting dibs on a Westerner and motioning us onto the bikes. They had more of a sense of ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc July 25th 2008

Hi All, Well we survived the Mekong river delta. The trip was not as easy going, relaxed and comfortable as advertised and we were glad it was over when it was. We opted for the 2 day, 1 night on a (1 week old floating hotel) and slow boat up the river and across the border to Pnomh Penh, Cambodia, it all looked nice in the brochure. We got up early for our 7am departure and had a 3 hour bus ride to get to the boat. We boarded quite a nice boat and boated on up the river stopping at a few traditional factories making Coconut Candy, Rice paper and Pop Rice (pop corn with rice instead of corn). It was nice and plesant on the river, it was cooler and less humid than Saigon ... read more
Mekong Floating Market
Local Brew
Elephant Ear Fish

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

After a long travel day yesterday, we board a motorboat on the Mekong to travel into Cambodia today. Saw frogs and rats (yes, to eat) in the market last night. ... read more
Tube House
Tube House
View from Chau Doc

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc June 20th 2008

Today we took a 6 hour boat ride on the Mekong to cross into Vietnam. Borders are always a bit interesting and fun to play my personal favorite game "no really who has my passport". To cross the border we had to get off the boat like three times and then go through customs. The boat ride was great and I got a look into life in some of the small fishing villages. I got to get some sun and hang my feet off the boat so I was happy. The ride was pretty smooth and it was nice to just kind of hang out and read on the boat. Once we got to Chau Doc, a sleepy little fishing village on the Mekong that sees few tourists, we ventured out into the town. It kind ... read more
Elephant ride!
Our Elephant
Lauren and I on top of the elephant

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc April 2nd 2008

We traveled from Chau Doc to a village by the name of Hoa Lac, where our school is located. A 7 mile drive took two hours! To say "the road was bumpy" is an understatement. You can ask my cousin Helen who got carsick twice! We began to hand out candy, suckers, balloons and other goodies to the kids along the road through our windows. At one point, the narrow dirt road traveled through a small rice business... one of our buses was too big to fit through all the bags of rice. Everyone had to get out of the bus and rearrange the 225 pound bags of rice so it could fit through. Because the rest of our vans were at a dead stop during the rice rearranging, we were able to get out ... read more
Abby in the streets
narrow passage
made it!

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » An Giang » Chau Doc March 31st 2008

Today started with a tour of the region -- we went by boat to see a fish farm. Doesn't sound that interesting -- but it was mesmerizing.... the day in- day out hard work. Without the use of modern equipment -- these workers collect 30,000 pounds of fish per day. They begin by collecting the catfish eggs, then breed, then feed fish in underwater hatcheries... once the fish reach a certain size, they are moved into a bigger pen. They are then harvested by a group of fishermen (each earning 4-5$/day) who use nets, baskets and a crude underwater breathing tube (not exactly OSHA compliant) to bring the fish to the surface .... then it's off to market. Next stop was at a Cham village -- a minority group within Vietnam's borders. We walked monkey bridges ... read more
Village Homes
River Life
Reeling in the catch




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