|On my own again I decided the best way to get to Cambodia was to do a 3 day tour through the Mekong Delta - always a great way to meet people even if it was a bit tiring - 3 days of continuous changing of boats and buses with numerous stops at different factories along the way (rice paper, toffee, pop corn, coconut candy etc etc, you name it and we saw it!)
The Mekong river is absolutely huge and flows through 6 countries (I already did one boat trip on it up in northern Laos) The Mekong Delta is the area in the south of Vietnam and home to 18 million people (almost same population as Australia but in a very small area!) everyone lives along the river banks in floating villages or on house boats and their life revolves totally around the river. They buy and sell goods at the floating markets (advertising what they're selling on a huge bamboo stick sticking high above their boat) and use the water for everything - washing themselves, dishes and clothes - and also as a toilet...a bit unhygienic I think, but they all seem to survive!!
I met some really nice people on the trip, some of whom were going onto Phnom Penh and some returning to Saigon. We spent the first night in Can Tho where we went to a great Vietnamese restaurant and I was brave enough to try snake wine and snake curry (couldn't really taste what the meat was like as disguised by the curry flavour, but the wine was absolutely minging and will not be drinking again!) After another long day of boats and buses we arrived in Chau Doc for our last night in Vietnam (where I mistakenly had eel for dinner and was nearly sick when I realized - I thought it was normal fish!) The third day we leave Vietnam (sadly) and finally arrive at the Cambodian border and get aboard our final boat and then bus for capital Phnom Penh. The boat trip was great as all along the banks of the river children run down to greet the boat and constantly waving and shouting hello to us and then jumping into the river and doing somersaults to impress us - so cute and such a lovely welcome to Cambodia!