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Feb 28, 2018 - Tan Chau to Cambodian border

Despite my brandy-hangover this morning, we took the tender boat to the town of Tan Chau “unspoiled by tourism”. They must have been thrilled by the arrival of all us old white people then. We visited Evergreen Island which is where much of the local delicacy - rats - are caught and skinned for market. Luckily they haven’t yet appeared on the menu. Or so we believe. We witnessed rattan mat making and silk weaving in the health and safety style of the 19th century Manchester cotton mills. It was genuinely interesting and god they work hard....

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Feb 27, 2018 - Snakes and temples

First excursion today was to Cai Be, a floating market village. The orange and grey army (life vests and hair) boarded the tender boats to the shore. Witnessing all sorts of health and safety nightmares on some of the houseboats en route, we easily spotted our docking station with the compulsory 'do and don't' safety list nailed to some poor bloke's house stilts. We were taken to see some traditional local craft huts, with people making coconut sweets and pop rice. The local moonshine was interesting (see photo of snake in jar) which is...

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Mar 8, 2017 - Evergreen Island

Evergreen Island March 8 2017 Tan Chau, Vietnam Today’s cocktail: “The Gimlet Special”. I knew you’d want to know. I think I’ll skip it (I don’t know what a ‘gimlet’ is and don’t really care if I ever know). Instead, I think I’ll go directly to “Kingdom Beer”, a Cambodian beer that contains 6%..... rice! (Bet you thought I was going to say alcohol, didn’t you?). Life on the boat has reached a fine balance. The captain let me know that this afternoon we’ll be stopped in the middle of the Mekong River for a few hours while the formalities...

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Mar 7, 2017 - Love me tender

Love me Tender March 7, 2017 Tan Chau, Vietnam  Today's cocktail is called "Coconut Candy".  It will be available during Happy Hour prior to dinner. Every day is a different ‘cocktail of the day’. This is information that is provided in "The Daily Cruiser", a 4-page newsletter dropped off in your room each night when the bed is turned down and a different local candy treat is left on your pillow.  Tonight’s local candy is called Minh Ngoc (Green Bean Cake). Tastes like halvah made out of green beans. And maybe chickens, too. In addition,...

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Mar 6, 2017 - Up the Mekong without a paddle

Up the Mekong without a paddle March 6, 2017 My Tho, Vietnam Scopolamine patch on? Check. Gravol & Dramamine in my pocket as back-up? Check. Rubber bungee cord tied around the back of my glasses so they don’t fall in the water at any point? Get real – you think I’m some kind of nerd? In our lives, we’ve spent a grand total of 3 days sleeping on a boat. 1 night in Milford Sound, NZ in 2009. 2 nights last month in Halong Bay. And now, we will spend the next 8 nights on a boat called Amadara as we head up the Mekong River between My Tho,...

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Feb 11, 2016 - Cai Be, Vietnam

THIS WAS THE BEST FUN DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY SO FAR! This hotel in Can Tho is a little gem of a place, basic but lovely. We received a pot of tea on to our little balcony as soon as they spotted we were up & about. The teapot came in a hollowed out coconut to keep it hot, so quaint. Later a simple breakfast of fried eggs & bread rolls plus some fruit was great & we shared the open air dining area with their puppy, a couple of cats & even a duck. We did have a cup of coffee in our room when we first got up but the challenge was connecting the...

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South East Asia 2016

Dec 24, 2007 - 2nd day of cycle trip

To our great surprise we started our cycling trip today down Highway One competeing with trucks, cars motorbikes and other cycles for road space!! We turned off H'way One and wound our way through a busy village heading towards a Khmer Hamlet. Took photos of Khmer school children on the way to the Phuoc Hau Pagoda we meet a very friendly Monk who gave us some water and a tour of his Temple. As we had already cycled more than the expected 7kms we were in shock we Nam told us we would be cyclying another 15kms to our destination at Tam...

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