Mother River = Me kong
profile Kim Thörning location Vietnam - HCMC Time May 19, 2007 - 11:16:18
We're back from our 2 day trip to the Mekong delta and it's a trip I can really recommend! The past days have been filled with new experiences and I've learned a lot of new things and I've tried FROG for the first time in my life :)

The Mekong delta is the biggest and most important delta in Viet Nam and 50% of the exported rice comes from here. We were taken to the delta about 4 hours by bus from the city and the scenery really changes dramatically when you get away from the city. Beautiful scenery, rice fields, more dirt, more poverty and less crowded.
We got to try some local fruits, bought some coconut candy and got to ride a river boat up and down the Mekong river to different destinations such as the floating market, fish market, noodle factory and rice factory. Viet Nam is the second largest rice exporter in the world, second to Thailand.

we stayed one night in a small city next to the Mekong and almost got lost after having dinner in a city we didn't know the name of and neither of us remembered the name of the hotel we stayed at. After wandering around for a while Rickard managed to lead us back and when we asked the guy at the reception what the name of the city we were in was called he smiled and said: Can Tho. Note to self: remember the name of the hotel you stay at and how to get back there.

It's hard to explain in words what the experience was like, I would need much more time to express my feelings around it and tell you more.
Getting away from the city gave me a much more genuine view of what Viet Nam really is like and you really get perspective of things when you hear someone knocking on your bus window and when you turn around you see an old man with no hands begging for money.
It's incredible to see that, even though they are living in conditions I would only see in my worst nightmares, the people here still seem very content and very much in harmony with themselves and their surroundings. The Vietnamese people are really strong (rising up war after war) and very proud of their country and I admire that.

I found out that Kim means "Needle", I was curious after seeing Kim on numerous signs along the streets. They seem to think I'm Vietnamese too and always start by speaking Vietnamese to me, our guide told me, if you're a woman and know Vietnamese you're Vietnamese so I guess I'm definitely not since I'm just 1 out of 2 :)

I had the chance to try turtle, camel, snake, snails, elephant fish and other exotic things but I bailed and stuck to beef.
I did try frog and it tasted pretty much like chicken but was juicier :)

Tomorrow we fly up to Da Nang and will take train or bus back down to Saigon and we'll be back here by the 29th. I'm really looking forward to see some more of this country!

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Henric R

Time 2007-05-19 16:34:41
location Sweden - Nybro
Don't just have the name of the hotel. In India there were no such thing as a phonebook, and I suspect it's the same in Vietnam. So if you should need to get in touch with the hotel (like we needed to when we got stuck in Bombay without our passports) you need to have the phonenumber with you.

I definately would have tried the snake - even though I know it's supposed to taste like chicken (but just as the frog, a bit juicier and have nicer texture).

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