No land is better served with fresh water and it’s plenty than south Vietnam, especially the Mekong Delta, and that is what I wanted to experience while I was traveling across South East Asia, as well as pay a tribute to Vietnam war. Took a 4-day trip to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and down south to Can Tho in Vietnam.
THE ROUTE AND PLACES
Off course there are some amazing resorts and beaches in Vietnam, but my goal was to absorb the culture, meet people living off of the river and eat some of the best foods in the world…especially the Pho at it’s aboriginal birth place – The Rise of Pho Saigon!
Stop -1 Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
Wonderful city, vibrant and lots to see, learn and eat; stayed right on the shores of Saigon river in District 1 with evening walks filled with great restaurants and architect. Spent the morning at Ben Thanh Market and ate small servings of everything. Towards the afternoon, spent time the rest of the day in District 1 with cathedrals, pagodas, embassies, museums and palaces. Visited the Cu Chi (Chu Chi) tunnel on an organized tour and it was an eye opening experience about Vietnam War and it’s effects.
Stop – 2 Can Tho (Mekong Delta)
Hired a driver with a vehicle in Saigon for a 2 day trip down to Can Tho, about 4 hours journey with all the useful stops, beautiful scenery with rice paddies and boat houses, although was planning on renting a motorbike and driving it myself, but rain and language were issues (imagine not able to communicate properly in drenching torrential rain!). Stayed in the hotel on the main street, where serving fresh fish on the street was an understatement. Toured some cottage industries from carpet weaving, rice paper making, fish drying to boat making, all that was supported by and for the river and it’s abundant tributaries. The next day morning, at 6am hired a guide and a boat to cruise around the Floating Market of Can Tho, which was an awe inspiring experience with so many different colors on people and their boats, produces that I had never heard of and restaurants serving noodles and Pho – all floating between the narrow margins of price fixing, freshness, deals and negotiations.
The following day, took the ride back to Saigon, enjoyed some food again and got ready for early morning flight back home!