02.04.2011 - 02.04.2011 31 °C
Our last day cruising the Mekong Delta If only we had more time!
This morning we went out on a quiet, dawn cruise through the stilt villages. These ingenious people have literally constructed houses that sit on top of a large canoe. Pretty hard to imagine until you really see the little boat nestled down just above the water line and a huge house sitting on top of it!
At one point a chicken coop even floated by us!
The cruise was really beautiful and peaceful as we slowly drifted by the locals conducting their daily duties on the water, but in true Vietnamese style something unexpected was about to occur.
The young lady that was driving our boat through the villages got a bit too close to one of the houses moorings and drove over the rope to the house. Needless to say a woman in her 60’s ran out from the house and the two of them began an epic screaming match. I thought I had been transported into an Oliver Stone movie as the battle raged over my head. Our tour guide even sunk into his seat, as if he could somehow avoid being stuck in the middle of it. Eventually we just drove away and left the woman behind to deal with whatever problems were caused by our tour.
I don’t know whether it is my heightened senses due to being out of my comfort zone, but I feel like things in Vietnam can change so quickly you almost get left behind. Whether it is the gentle cyclo drivers who kindly ride you around the city giving you a good tour, ending in your robbery; to the gentle lapping of the Mekong in the quiet stilt villages, turning into a frightening mid-mekong skirmish.
Haha I guess it’s all part of the experience, and what an experience it is!
After all this it was back to Ho Chi Minh, where we waited in a bar for a few hours before catching our bus to Muine.
The bus was awesome – it’s called a sleeping bus and it’s basically just 3 rows of bunk beds all the way down the length of the bus. Pretty awesome, but the sleep wasn’t that great