Meandering along the Mekong – Can Tho, Vietnam

  A great base for exploring the floating markets of the Mekong and the backwaters of the Klongs.  The town has a bustling market that sells just about everything one could need for your DIY enthusiast and the food night market based along the riverside makes for good dining at affordable prices.  As soon as we arrived someone was giving us the hard sell for the markets and eventually we negotiated a price that everyone was happy with.  We opted for the longer tour and I’m glad we did as we saw a lot more than the shorter 2 hour trip offered.  First we visited Cai Rang market before heading onto Phong Dien Market.  We then went around the back of the Klongs to see village life which included a walk, a visit to a paper rice cottage industry and a family breeding pythons for money.   There were the two of us in the boat and we only saw a handful of other tourists whilst we were out.  Our boat owner was a chatty, bubbly lady who had a good sense of humour and fed us bits of food along the way.  The only drawback was the early start but as soon as I saw the sunrise over the river all thoughts of my bed vanished.  I took a lot of photos and will break them down into the various components of the trip over a few days to give you an idea of how much we saw and a flavour of life on the Mekong Delta.

An early start to avoid the main tourists who apparently come out in droves on organised tours

Manouvering the boats are a skill.

Everything centres along the water – petrol for the boats on sale here.

Breakfast on the hoof

Many of the boat people live, eat and sleep on their vessels.

Toting up the sales for today

No babysitting service for working mums

Family business

Our boat lady being creative

Living in a boat can mean living in cramped conditions

River side audience

Part Two of our trip along the river tomorrow

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