Vietnam: 10~In the Mekong Delta
We had reached the Mekong Delta. The bus driver deposited us and our guide at a departure point along the river and we were shown to a long covered ferry type boat with open sides. For about half an hour we were taken around, along, across the river.
There was just so much to see – the combination of muddy water, old boats and houses, clutter and colour everywhere.
We disembarked at one of the islands and followed the guide on a walk along some pathways, through markets, avoiding torrential rain, to a restaurant where we had a quick pitstop.
With rain over for now, the guide led us a little further on to another jetty. There we climbed down and into a series of sampan boats for a 20 minute canal ride to where the larger river boat was waiting. This was another detail that Dan and Mark didn’t explicitly tell us about and it was a nice surprise. The boats took four passengers, plus the two women paddling. It was so peaceful, especially with the natural rainforest-type canopy overhead.
Once back in the boat we were ferried back across the river and back to our bus. Our second dose of heavy rain arrived on the way and caused mild flooding in some areas we passed. We watched with interest as scooter riders pulled over in hoards, usually just to put on poncho things before continuing on their way.
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This is part of a series recounting my July 2009 trip to Vietnam.