Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Good Morning Vietnam 2013: Mekong Delta

From Ho Chi Minh city we took a day trip to the Mekong Delta region. This was one of my favorite places in south Vietnam. It provided a small glimpse into the lives of the families that live and thrive off the river. Before hitting the river we did stop at a temple to check out some large Buddha statues. 

I just liked this picture

A quick stop to see some giant Buddhas 


Nothing says worship like some neon lights



Heading out on the Mekong River with my new hat

These are the motorized boats that go up and down the river

First stop a coconut candy making place. The Mekong Delta is saturated with coconut trees and this is just one of the ways they try to make some revenue with the natural resource. 


A more typical way of transportation

A fruit and tea break...you know I was loving this

The unmotorized boats and the more common way of transportation for the locals

Cruising down the river

We stop to have lunch at a big island/park on the river and they had a huge cage of crocodiles  It did make me kind of sad because people had thrown trash in the cage and it looked so dirty

A fruit I have never seen and still don't know what it is. Anyone?

We finished by having some river fish and watching some foreigners drink snake blood. It was crazy the snake came out alive and the chef straighten it out and cut it's throat and drained it into a cup. Just writing that made me gag a bit...GROSS. 

If you are down in the capital city of Ho Chi Minh city, a day-trip to experience the Mekong Delta is a must. Beautiful landscape, but also a trip back in time.

--Marisa

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