Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lost in the Mekong Delta

Leaving Saigon was pretty easy we left just before sun rise, streets were quite with only a few shops beginning their day and ladies with their Vietnamese hats sweeping and collecting what ever they can recycle for cash. We made our first stop in My Tho for the night, its really hot this time of year but lucky for us the Delta region is pretty much flat which made riding alot more enjoyable.

can't get enough of these
love these sugar cane ice crushes
not a big fan coconut water but when its hot these really help 

so that way to Can Tho?
After leaving My Tho for Can Tho things started to get interesting, roads started to get narrow from all the rivers, we rode on dirt roads crossed bridges and took ferries while resting as often to hydrating ourselves as much as we could while taking in life and work on the Mekong. Make shift homes lined the small towns while factories dominated the main Mekong river outskirts. We were lost in this maze of water ways dirt roads and ferries asking directions from locals that seem to lead us to more ferries and dead ends but we finally saw hope in the form of a bridge, the longest cabled bridge in south east asia that would lead us to Can Tho. 

hot, lost and confused 

Mekong provides transportation and food for the region

happy we found Can Tho just before night fall
Can Tho is a modern city and very touristy. People on the streets tried to bait us to their hotels but we wouldn't have it and found our own place just outside the lively water front district but we should have looked longer because their were loads of places to stay all round that area. I would recommend anyone travelling to stay near the water front because thats where all the action happens plus the all important restaurants and cafes.
saying good by to Vietnam and uncle Ho Chi Minh
Our last stop in Vietnam was Chau Doc, about 30 kms from the boarder of Cambodia. Phnom Penh, here we come.