Monday, June 27, 2011

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

We didn't nearly see enough of this area to say we truly experienced it.  It is a large area, made up of floating villages and markets.  To truly experience it, we will have to go back for 3-day excursion.  The small portion that we did go through, Unicorn Island, was interesting, but definitely a tourist trap.  We crossed the Mekong River itself to get to the island. This river is huge - 2 miles wide and flows through 7 countries, making it the longest river in Southeast Asia.  Starting in China, it flows through Tibet, then forms part of the border between Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, as well as between Laos and Thailand. It runs through Laos and Cambodia before entering the South China Sea in southern Vietnam.

Trying Mangosteen fruit:

Making Coconut Candy ~ coconut caramel, durian caramel, mango caramel and of course his motorbike in the background:

Local music:

Traffic jam on the delta.  Keep your hands inside the boat at all times ma'am! We discovered the drivers of the boats, may think they are still on their motorbikes and try to pass one another, ramming into another boat and trying to race by with their paddles.  Might I mention these canoes are not real stable:

Riley asleep on my back:

Enjoying fresh coconut water on the Mekong River:

Rice Paddy Fields and shrines where they have buried their ancestors in the fields, so they can pay their respect to them everyday they are working in the field:

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