Savouring, or “Drinking In”,The Mekong

Not too private, but comfy enough

Our 2008 visit to the Mekong Delta included two days of touring the area in a small boat operated by a man and his wife. We had a personal guide with us for both days. Our home stay on An Binh Island required crossing a narrow, bamboo bridge over a canal to get to bedroom number two of four (see above). We used the mosquito net in case, but the night was not buggy at all.

Negotiating the bridge after drinking rice wine shots with our host occurred without mishap. “Mot, hai, ba…YO!” means “One, two, three… CHEERS!” How could I forget that?

Anita, under Dao’s tutelage, wrapping rice paper spring rolls before supper.

The rice paper spring rolls at our home stay on An Binh were the absolute best we’ve ever tasted. Dao, our guide, taught us how to wrap them. She later left us, as she lived on the island, and brought motorbikes (and drivers, and helmets) the next morning to take us to our boat.

I booked the two day Mekong trip (including this home stay) from Canada via email with Cuu Long Tourist. The staff there are wonderful. We paid for nothing until we arrived, and were very graciously received, at their office in Vinh Long. Though our driver from Saigon (pre-arranged with Cuu Long) spoke little English, we were in easy contact with Cuu Long staff via his cell phone and visited three places we wanted to see along the way.

Colourful boats at Cai Be floating market – Mekong Delta

Author: mytiturk

Travelbug Minstrel: Strum for my supper, croon for my cuppa Search for a sign, write for my whine

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