|Which means Happy New Year and is pronounced Chuck Mung Nam Moi but you have to sort of shout it to get the pronounciation right. We have just got back from the 2 day Mekong trip where we saw lots of rivers, canals, boats, people going about their daily lives, rivers, canals, boats, more rivers and then some more boats. It was relaxing but not much variation. It would have been better to go just for one day or to go for a lot longer independently to get into the real countryside of the Delta. At points in the Delta the Mekong is 15km wide - what we thought was the other side were islands. An excellent thing we did do though was to get on bikes for an hour on one of the islands and cycle next to canals and over bridges onto other islands. It was a shame it wasn't for longer.
We got back to Ho Chi Minh City in time for the New Year celebrations. A superb fireworks display for 15 minutes at 12 o'clock - we saw this from the roof of our hotel, but Denis left the camera in the room. Then there was a party in our hotel with traditional food - pork, potato and bean stew, followed by fruit and sweeties, washed down with Vietnamese red wine. This doesn't taste bad when chilled and kept us going until 3 in the morning.
It was more like a proper New Year celebration than the real one we had in Thailand and everything the next day was really quiet until the evening when the young of Ho Chi Minh cruise round on their motorbikes for the night. We leave for Nha Trang on Saturday which is 8 hours up the coast by bus. We hope to go diving there or just sit on the beach or do both. Happy New Solid to one and all !