...Mekong River Day
Let me continue my post on Saigon, Vietnam..
One of the highlights of my trip to Saigon was the day we sailed across Mekong River, the 7th longest in Asia and the 10th longest in the world. This river runs through China's Yunnan province and the countries of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma. Most hotels in Saigon offer tours to Mekong River almost on a daily basis. Just ask your front desk for more information.
Usually, you will have to go to the meeting point set by the travel tour company and ride a bus together with other tourists to the jetty port, about 1 and 1/2 hours from the center of the city depending on where your hotel is located. You will begin your journey aboard a ferry around the famous river, visiting small islets every 15-20 minutes.
..the jetty port
...every islet features a particular industry which the settlers gain income from. this islet makes traditional sweets which they pack, label, and sell to visiting tourists. this guy was our very friendly Vietnamese tour guide.
...Vietnamese rice paper.
...this is a group of musicians playing traditional Vietnamese music to serenade us.
...this is an example of a traditional Vietnamese instrument. i call it foot castanets.:-)
...we also had a chance to ride a horse cart from one islet to another.
...in the middle of the whole-day trip, we stopped to eat, inclusive in the tour fee.
...and the best part of the whole tour was the canoe riding!
...i was amazed to find almost 99% percent of those paddling the canoes were women!
...one of the exhausted travelers and bus riders.
...and another one!
...looking back, I can say the USD 15-20 I paid for the tour was all worth it!