01.04.2011 - 01.04.2011 30 °C
It’s the start of day 2 in the Mekong and we find ourselves on a boat heading up the energetic river to the floating markets.
The markets themselves are made up of 50+ boats anchored near each other, with each boat sporting a large pole poking straight into the air with an example of whatever they are selling tied to the top of the pole.
We were driving along heading into the main market area when out of nowhere a large hook was grappled around the side of our boat. My first thought was that I was about to meet Johnny Depp and his horde of pirates but when I turned to see where the hell this hook had come from I was confronted with a man in a small boat selling coffee. A couple more expertly placed hooks and our two boats had effectively become one, and his spruiking began I must admit the coffee was awesome and after everyone had indulged themselves the hooks came off and he was back out hunting for the next boat full of tourists.
After checking out the markets and admiring the locals conducting all their business on the water we headed down one of the small rivers that branched off the main one into a little village that makes noodles, and raises pigs for their livelihood. The strangest thing we saw was one of the women making the noodles snacking on a cup of 2 minute noodles, didn’t give us much faith in the noodles they were making but she seemed happy.
^^ Floating petrol station
^^ This is someones house!
^^ River toilet - a never ending circle of feeding the fish and eating the fish...
Off to another little village further down the river where we strolled through orchards with every fruit you can imagine.
Too much food-observing today and not enough food-consuming, it was time for a feast… a delicious feast of eels Not too bad actually, although the mushroom sauce it was with was like soft jelly, which was a bit of a freaky texture.
After lunch it was back on the bus and up the delta to Chau Doc – a town nestled on the Cambodian border. We were lucky enough to visit a beautiful mountain temple that was still full of monks! Pretty cool!
Now we are spending the night in Chau Doc, and still one more day left to explore the amazing Mekong Delta.
^^ Chau Doc Square