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Mekong boat with dragon eyes to scare off the sea monsters and guide sailors home  
   

Mekong boat with dragon eyes to scare off the sea monsters and guide sailors home

Southern to Central Vietnam - The Mekong Delta, Saigon, The Central Highlands and a border crossing to Laos

February 27th 2015
We arrived in Vietnam after a four hour boat trip down the Mekong to the town of Chau Doc. There had been a slight "mix up" with the boat tickets, as the company had oversold tickets on the boat we were supposed to be on and so decided to put us on a "more expensive" boat. Unfortunately as the "more expensive" boat didn't know it was going to have two extra passengers on board to cater for, there ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta

Vietnamese Flag The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
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12th March 2015

Bus drama!
First, I have to say that I love that you show your journey on a map! Then, what a great lesson in trust with crossing streets and biking! Good thing to leave during Tet--I almost always try to be in unpopular places or other countries for big celebrations (lots of drinking here in South America). Best wishes on a leisurely holiday in Laos!
12th March 2015

Thanks Tara. We both find it very satisfying to see our journey plotted out on a map and yes, you do have to put a lot of trust in those motorbike drivers when crossing the road. We found it terrifying at first, but quickly realised they really didn't want to hit us and fall off either! We don't mess with the buses or cars though, they definitely have right of way!

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