Living off the land
03.08.2008 30 °C
We spent 2 nights and 3 days traveling around the Mekong Delta visitng the towns of My thom, Can Thom and Chau Doc. We were able to watch people living off the land - loads and loads of fresh fruit, vegetables, fresh seafood and of course rice. We saw floating markets and floating villages and even stayed with a local family on a homestay for our first night. They were a huge extended family of grandparents, aunts and Uncles and young children. When we arrived they had a huge meal prepared for us, fish, rice paper and noodles and vegetables to fill it with, rice, spring rolls and fresh fruit. We were so full but the Grandmother kept coming back to us and turning over the fish or pointing out bits we had missed! We played games with the girls and they practised their English and laughed at my terrible vietnamese pronunciation! The next morning the Uncle took us in his boat the meet up with the rest of our tour group.
These are three of the girls living at the home we stayed at for a night on the Mekong Delta.
On our trip we tried heaps of local fruit, learnt how to make coconut candy (which is sooooooooooooo good!), and learnt how to make rice paper.
We haven't really felt the rainy season until we arrived in Vietnam. Here is rains and rains then rains some more!
We also had plenty of what was going to be our most eaten meal in vietnam - pho - noodle soup!
Gotta love those cone hats!
On the way back to Saigon we visited cham village which are a group of Muslim people. Here we watched them weave silk scarves and Chris bought a monkey made from a coconut shell that he took a fancy too.
Three girls from Cham village waiting to sell us coconut buns!