Mekong Delta Story (Days 3 & 4)

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October 24th 2010
Published: November 12th 2010
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Sunday, 24th October 2010 to Monday, 25th October 2010

"You could bank your last USD 25 on a 2 Day 1 Night adventure in Mekong Delta. Trust me, that's what I called money well-spent!"

I spent my 3rd and 4th day in Vietnam exploring the mighty Mekong Delta, one of the country's chief rice-growing regions for its 86 million people. This was nothing too difficult to accomplish. Rather, it was a well-planned sight-seeing route departing from Ho Chi Minh City and back in 2 days, courtesy of the Sinh Tourist. Joining the local tour was the most cost-effective and hassle free way to tour the Mekong Delta proper.

Our journey took us through the main provincial towns of Ben Tre, Can Tho and Vinh Long on a variety of transport modes. The lengthy bus ride between the individual sights took up quite a fair bit of the journey. A lot of time was also spent travelling on the road given its relative distance from HCMC. There were also a couple of boat trips to sight-see the various floating markets and the sampan to bring us to the Green Coconut Riverside Restaurant where a relatively sumptuous lunch was served.

An overnight layover at Can Tho was included as part of the package. The hotel wasnt fantastic but it was clean enough for a good nights rest after a long day on the road. Its downtown location meant that food and entertainment facilities were well within reach from the hotel.

All in all, the Mekong Delta trip provided a welcoming relief from city life. For the price I'm paying, I'm not complaining. Back in Ho Chi Minh that same evening, I had a chance to catch up with a fellow Singaporean over a bottle of beer whom we had been communicating in preparation for this Vietnam trip. It was certainly nice to meet up with someone whom you could easily relate your travel experiences with.

After this chance encounter, I would be continuing my journey to Central Vietnam where the sights of Hoi An, My Son and the My Lai Massacre Memorial awaited me.


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