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Cantho & Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

The Mekong

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We entered Vietnam via the one of the Mekong tributaries. It was a scenic boat ride.

The city of Cantho was our base during our stay in the Mekong delta. We took a very rowdy local bus to Cantho and were half deaf by the time we got off.

We decided take a tour of the Mekong Delta with an english speaking guide. We're always wary of using guides but decided it might be worth it on this occasion. However, it seemed like our guide had never been to the country side. He was just as amazed at some things as we were. It was like bringing a local tourist with us, except in addition to that, we could hardly understand his english. Cardinal rule number 1: if you hire an english speaking guide, make sure you can understand their english.

However, the Mekong Delta is a very interesting place geographically. The whole region, hundreds of square miles, is littered with rivers, rice paddies and lush vegetation. It is one of the most fertile regions on Earth.

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Our deluxe tour included a stop at a remote local market. It was cool to see the people trade so much on the water. There are even food/drink vendors serving the traders on boats.

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Ho Chi Minh City

After Cantho, we left for Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam). In contrast to the north, many of the residents here are still very fond of Americans. For a large city, it was a lot more charming than we expected, but unfortunately we couldn't stay long.

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Posted by edcastano 00:03 Archived in Vietnam

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