Long will still be with us for a day tour in Mekong River. We asked him to adjust our itinerary an hour earlier since Jha and Silken will have a late afternoon flight to catch back to Bangkok. We met with him at the hotel lobby 6am.
All set and ready for another tour.
Our first agenda is to eat. Haha. Long brought us to Tram Dung Chan Mekong (Mekong Rest Stop). Mekong Rest Stop is where tour groups usually stops not only to eat but to rejuvenate and feel comfortable as well. They houses several restaurant chain that serves traditional Vietnamese cuisines, souvenir shops and mini-mart. They also have well-kept and maintained comfort rooms. In here you may get close to environment with beautiful landscape with full bloomed flowers and running water. Were not able to enjoy the surrounding though since were time pressured, we have to leave after we’ve eaten. Another good thing about this place, they have FREE WIFI. 🙂
OPEN/CLOSE: 5:30am till 9:00pm.
My breakfast: Com Tam Ayon Cheo (steamed broken rice with grilled pork) for 40,000 VND. I also had their Vietnamese Coffee for 21,000 VND.
Cam whores, before leaving the place. 🙂
Start of the Mekong Delta Tour:
Mekong Delta is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties before going into the sea. It lies immediately to the west of Ho Chi Minh City. Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and many of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road.
Now at the port. We bought their traditional hat, salakot to us, it costs 1 USD.
Loving ate’s infectious smile. 🙂
Happy people. So glad to be travelling with them. Will be crusing Tien River in a bit.
Passed by this bridge, forgot the name of the bridge though.
First stop: My Tho
I love the tea they served with natural honey. Tasted some local delicacies. I just remember the dried coconut since we also have that back here.
There’s also a phyton on this child’s neck. I’m a bit worried for him but he seems not to care. No one dared in the group to have this Phyton on their neck.
Turtle Island – Coconut Factory
Here they show how their local candies and delicacies being made. They have products to sell. We bought some after converting VND to PHP. It’s cheap. 🙂
Mekong is a river in Southeast Asia. It is the world’s 10th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. From the Tibetan Plateau this river runs through China’s Yunnan province, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
We rode a horse-drawn cart to Than Truc, a small village in Ben Tre. Horse ride is 20,000 VND.
We found this house. We’re not able to ask permission since no one is around. Then after few minutes a woman came out. Just smiled at us. We take it as a permission to stay while its raining.
Rain won’t stop so even if it’s still drizzling we went on. We walked instead of riding the horse again. Good thing some of us brought our raincoat, and I’m one of them. 🙂
Freshly picked fruits served. Not new to us but we still ate all of it while being seranaded with traditional folk song performance.
Now for me, this is the best part of the tour, riding a sampan (local boat) while being rowed in the shadows of water coconut palms along idyllic canals.
Yes, were able to paddle our own sampan.
After cruising Mekong River, fresh buko juice awaits us.
We went back to the port where our bus is waiting. We then head to a place Long arranged for our lunch, still in My Tho.
make your own spring rolls, one of my favorites Viet dish
This is yet again another glimpse of the traditional cultural life of Vietnamese. We’re able to see true life of this diverse and rapidly changing city and how they’re able to adapt to all and still manage to live a simple life.
|Mekong Delta – Ben Tre Tour Package: Price per person (inclusive of lunch)||756,000||1549.03|
***Price is base on 11 persons.
All our tours were booked with the hotel direct but to those asking for the name of our tour agency see below:
Travel Agency: Viet Travelmate (Your Bestfriend in Vietnam)
Tour Guide / Tour Operator: Nguyen Nhu Long
Home Office Address: E43 Hoang Quoc Viet St., Phu Thuan Ward, Dist. 7 Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam
Tel / Fax: 84.83.7852.303