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Step 12/60: Vietnam -
About Mekong Delta
Price: 34 €
Traveling time: 3 hoursPrice: 2 days including 'hotel', time: from HCMC to the harbor.
Tips & Tricks
- Spend the extra 7 dollars for the floating hotel. The 'cheap' one isn't great.
- Bring earplugs for the slowboat and a good book...it's loud and takes forever.
Things to see
This is the village where you'll get off the bus and into a boat. You'll sail through it, which is quite a cool sight. All the antennas, people selling veggies and stuff from boats, houses on stilts... You'll hop off the boat to visit a factory where they make rice paper and candy. After another sail you'll get off again for lunch, which is a very nice bicycle ride away. Lunch is not included in the price.
The next morning you'll visit another village. It's actually not that interesting. There are about 4 houses and it's just people selling food/souvenirs. Little kids selling cakes, but there are signs all over that you shouldn't buy anything from them, since the food is past its expiration date and will make you sick. But aren't they their own kids though? So why not give them good stuff to sell?
After the village near Chau Doc, you'll visit a real water village. All these houses are floating on the water and house fish farms. You'll get to feed the fish and see them jumping out of the water, there are so many in one tank!
In the beginning it's ok. Nice scenery. The engine is really loud though, so talking or listening to music is quite difficult. But after a while you don't know how to sit on the wooden benches anymore. The scenery doesn't change much either since you're on a small canal. After the border you switch to another boat, which is better; it has pillows and isn't as loud.
Quốc lộ 91 ('Highway' QL 91)
Appointed to us by the tour operator. We took the 'cheap' option, instead of the water hotel ($12). Very noisy till 2am, started again at 5am!! Not able to sleep! Take the 'expensive' hotel!!