Knowing that we wanted to tour the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, and cross into Cambodia from there, it seemed easiest to book a tour. We found a 3 day tour that started in Saigon, and ended in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It included all transportation, breakfast each day, one lunch, a guide, and help crossing the border of Cambodia. For $51 each, that seemed like the right way for us to go.
We started at 8:15, when we were picked up from our hotel. We were then driven in a mini van (air conditioned) to start the tour in My Tho. But, the first stop was a rest stop. (Or a “Happy Stop” as the guide called it.)
It turns out that “happy stop” was an appropriate name for it. It was beautiful. It had gardens, restaurants, waterfalls, and a coffee shop. Where I enjoyed a most delicious iced white Vietnamese coffee. Those Vietnamese sure know how to do coffee.
Then it was off to the boat. We cruised on the boat, up the river, for about an hour. We arrived at a coconut candy making “factory”.
They gave us a demonstration for how they make their candy, and passed out some free samples. It was delicious.
While we were there, Jonathan also got to try snake wine. Yeah, that’s wine made from fermented snake. He’s braver than I am.
From there it was another boat ride to the village of Ben Tre. Here we were allowed to explore on bicycles for about 45 minutes. But, before we got started, Jonathan had to visit the village water buffalo.
It spooked him.
Those things are big.
We managed to get off the beaten track a little with our bikes, and found a lovely path through the village that was quiet, quaint, and peaceful. I loved our little bike ride.
When we got back from our bike ride, we had lunch (included in the tour). Then it was off to another boat, this one paddled by hand by 2 women.
After about 30 minutes, we arrived at a cultural song performance. Then we were off to the bee farm.
From there, we went back to My Tho by boat, and then by van on to Can Tho where we stayed the night waiting for day 2 of the tour.
Sometimes it’s really unfortunate how things mean completely different things from one language to another. Take this for example: