Vietnam Holiday – Day 2

12583989_1743996595831324_1798241161_nThe next couple of days we spent on the boat Mekong Eyes on the Mekong Delta.This was to be the highlight of the holiday

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Eyes at the Bow

Every boat, from rice barges to smaller delta freighters are painted with two eyes at the bow. These eyes are meant to allow the boat to see ahead and look for danger but also to ward off dangerous creatures like the river shark or other monsters. If a fisherman is killed, it must be the river monster; if a boat sinks, it must be the river monster.

The Mekong Delta is not remote but in fact heavily populated and  developed. It has some of the most productive agricultural land in Southeast Asia for the sun shines brightly, the average temperature is 28 deg.

We were picked up at the hotel in an air-conditioned van about 8:30 am for the 3 hour somewhat dusty drive to Cai Be. The road was lined with construction hire equipment and farm machinery The heavy traffic contained many buses and vehicles carrying containers from the nearby docks.

After boarding about noon and a safety demonstration, the boat started. We were then at leisure to explore our cabin, the boat’s facilities, and watch the river scenery. A delightful lunch was served about 1 o’clock.

At 4 pm we disembarked for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields

On our return to the boat, we enjoyed cocktails on the top deck and watched sunset on the river.

Another fabulous dinner on the boat which moored for the night about 9 pm

 

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Lunch on Board

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A River Ferry

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The Upper Deck and Sun Deck

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The Comfortable Cabins

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Guided Tour of Village

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Cocktails on the Upper Deck

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Another River Ferry

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Sunset

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Dinner

After boarding about noon and safety demonstration, the boat started,Lunch was served at 1:00 pm. We were then at leisure to explore the boat’s facilities and watch the river scenery.

At 4 pm we disembarked for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields

On our return to the boat, we enjoyed cocktails on the top deck and watched sunset on the river.

Another fabulous dinner on the boat which moored for the night about 9 pm

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