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May 23, 2008

Mekong Delta Tour



Mekong Delta / Vietnam

I had never hopped onto so many boats in a day before! We had a boat ride along the river. Our small “gondola” nearly capsized when my friend jumped into the boat out of panic that she might miss the boat. So, remember, don’t jump into the rocky boat. :D Also, remember to apply insect repellent. I got bitten by mosquitoes while cruising. We were given a typical Vietnamese straw hat during the cruise, and I was given one that was soaked with someone else’s sweat, yuck!

Getting ready to hop onto our “gondola” ride.

No one wanted to order this famous local cuisine in Mekong Delta – Fried Elephant Ear fish. To eat them, first take a piece of rice paper, dampen it, break off some fish, add cucumber slices, mint and basil leaves and some rice noodles. Roll it all up and dip it in a spicy chilli sauce. There is a joke that if you don’t eat seafood, don’t worry, this fish is from the river… ….

We had a tropical fruit tour around the village. We had a tropical fruit tasting session; we were served with plates of papaya, pineapple, rambutans and pomelo. All these are actually tropical fruits that we often eat at home. I was hoping that the tour guide would serve us durians! To some, they stink!

The background is a tree full of jackfruits. In the right top box, these fruits are known as Jambu. They are crisp, mildly sweet and watery. The bigger fruits at the lower bottom are dragonfruits, also mildly sweet, watery and have soft white flesh with lots of seedlings like the kiwi fruits.

A lot of wooden bridges across the rivers. This is just a small wooden bridge.

The making process of the coconut candies.

And these bees got nothing to do with the coconut candies…

A local grocery shop in the village that charges higher than elsewhere.

Leaving Mekong Delta…

Read post on HCMC (Saigon) tour.

Read post on Mekong Delta Day Cruise.

6 Comments Leave your comment

  • peteformation said on September 1, 2008 12:23 pm

    Nice pictures. I did not get to go on the cruise on Mekong river on my last trip, only dinner on a big boat, too dark, not much to see. Maybe next round.

  • eunice said on September 1, 2008 12:43 pm

    @peteformation: Thanks. I see, how’s the dinner? Frankly speaking, I don’t really fancy Vietnamese food, we have different taste buds!

  • mae said on March 2, 2009 1:53 pm

    masarap ba ang vietnam food?.., gusto kong makatikim……..

  • jill said on March 11, 2009 11:30 am

    hi, i’m heading to HCMC for work in a couple of weeks, and i have a weekend to fill. where did you book your mekong river tour, and could i have the contact details? thanks.

  • eunice said on March 11, 2009 3:43 pm

    @jill:

    We traveled with “Delta Adventure Tours”. You can Google it to find its contact details. This tour agency is recommended by the staff at Blue River Hotel as a reliable tour agent. Another popular tour agency is Sinh Cafe. Their prices are similar too. Book the local tour packages when you are in HCMC, you will save a lot more than most online bookings in your own country.

    I think these tours depart everyday so I think there shouldn’t be any problem if you book the trips when you are in HCMC.

    Cheers!

    You can refer to my other HCMC post here http://travelerfolio.com/saigon-ho-chi-minh-city-vietnam-travel-tips/#more-1771

  • jill said on March 11, 2009 4:52 pm

    @eunice: thanks for the tips! stumbled upon your site while doing research on weekend trips, interesting observations and certainly lovely pix! i’ve been re-designated, so will be making more trips to vietnam… am sure your site will come in useful for future visits. :)

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