Mekong Delta, Vietnam
After our somewhat somber
visit to Ho Chi Min City, we were off for our 3 day bike
ride in the Mekong Delta. WOW, what an experience! We had
such a wonderful time and it really just left us with this
TRUE feeling of knowing that we had been to Vietnam. Even
though we could not say more than 1 or 2 words in Vietnamese,
most of the folks that we met out along the country side
were so nice and friendly. And let's not talk about the
children. So cute and all came running out from their houses,
shouting HELLO! HELLO! in English. Truly adorable.
The driver and our bike guide were great. Didn't have too
much English under their belt, however we had a very nice
time and we felt safe all the time, even when we took our
bike across barges, cycling alone when the guide broke down
after the 1st day of a knee injury (hmm. that is what we
were told anyways - perhaps he had a nice time riding in
the van with the driver following us???!!!), and Johann
tasting freshly cooked silk worms accompanied with snake
wine, umm, sooo good! I passed on the worms, but a shot
of the potent wine, why not?! Perhaps I would sleep very
well and would not wake up until the morning...
The landscape is beautiful
in the Mekong Delta, people are so lovely, and it really
left us with true fascination and admiration for the entire
country of Vietnam. Going to the Mekong is a memory that
will last with us forever.
'Biking in Mekong
And we are off on our 35 KM per day bicycle
ride. Very exciting!
Of course we have our support vehicle and
we were suppose to have a guide
riding with us, but he flaked out (knee injury - sure) and
decided to ride in the
car following us instead.
Taking a moment or two to say Hello!!!! Very
Taking the ferry across the river to
continue our trip. We were adopted by one of
the local women working at the ferry pier, so we always
have a home to return to!
Stopping to enjoy a Vietnamese Coffee
(don't ask) on a break from biking.
Passing by the land market before heading
onto the floating market - on water
(No we didn't ride our bikes on water, duhh).
The river was filled with boats trading
their goods, and buying produce and other
items from each other. Very interesting to see,
even to participate in!
Stopping for a "small" refreshment break
- sliced right up on one of the boats.
They wanted to give us a whole pineapple
each - but we very kindly declined
and said that only a
half was enough
(hmm, and I usually just eat one slice)!
No matter where you seem to go in today's
world, everyone has a cell phone.
Well, that of course does still not include us - we are
so falling behind the times, eeehh.
Rice Paper Making
Our guide illustrates how rice paper is made
from start to finish.