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Jan 21, 2016 - Vihn Long and My Tho

The day started in Vinh Long which is located right in the delta between the two arms of the Mekong. The soil is rich from silt deposits from the river making it an ideal area for growing fruit. We visited a fruit nursery that was growing many varieties unfamiliar to westerners but also more familiar fruit such as mandarins and coconut. We stopped at a factory where they made clay pots and statutes and fired them in gigantic kilns. The factory was quite primitive, dust and hot by our standards. We also went to a candy making operation where...

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Nov 7, 2014 - Day 12 Vinh Long

News from Lois This morning (Nov. 6) at 8 AM we began a tour by boat to see a variety of sights here in the Mekong Delta. We started in the city of Vinh Long, and traveled through a series of canals to eventually meet up with the ship in another location at 11:15. First: a brick and pottery factory which still uses quite a bit of hand labor, but is still more sophisticated than the one we saw earlier in the week in Cambodia. Workers are paid about 4 or 5 dollars per day. The kilns are huge brick structures that are monitored 24/7, and are...

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Nov 7, 2014 - General musings about the tour

One of the things that is so nice about this tour is the organizational skills of the guides. Some of our friends at home think it is impressive that John & I can easily organize shuttles for our numerous river trips with kayaks and canoes. Doing that can't hold a candle to the logistics required to manage this tour. On the cruise we have been getting on and off the boat just about every morning and afternoon, and many of these excursions require meeting up with a smaller boat. A few times we have docked at a pier. Then there are vans or...

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Oct 31, 2010 - The Mekong Delta !

Tuesday saw us head out of the city to the provincial town of Vinh Long located in the centre of the Mekong Delta. The trip proved to be a little more adventurous than planned as there was no bus available from Siagon's Cholon bus station as indicated in our guidebook. Fortunately, within minutes we were on a slow bus to the correct Mien Tay station where we were swamped by screaming bus company employees trying to get us into their mini-buses. Three hours later, we arrived in Vinh Long where our bus dropped us about 5km from the centre of...

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Oct 14, 2009 - Life on the River

We're up at 6.15, have breakfast of bread, coffee and juice and we're off to the riverside at 7.15 to get our motor boat for today. We cruise along the edge of the huge river looking at the life it sustains. People wash their clothes or themselves, carry small and large loads around and travel to work or the markets. There are some huge ships full of sand dredged from the river bed for use in construction, which lie very low in the water. These are not like any boats I've seen before with huge wide, flattish hulls. Nothing is like anything...

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Trip Journal

Two Weeks in Vietnam

Mar 16, 2009 - Mekong Delta Adventure

Since Jamie and I only had 2 days to do the Mekong Delta, we wanted to do it right and not with a big tour consisting of over 25 like we did during the tunnels. There is a variety of travel agencies selling trips to the Mekong Delta at a decent price, but you do get what you pay for here. We wanted to do 2 days on the Delta overnight at a homestay in a village. The best option we found was through Fantastic Tours. For 2 days and 1 night we got to explore the Mekong Delta by boat and stay over night at a village on one of the islands in the...

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Jan 22, 2009 - Vinh Long

Hello les amis, Vinh Long, cite toujours situe en bordure du Mekong. Le marche est fantastique, nous mangeons des noodles soups (avec trip et foie pour moi) delicieuses, vraiment pas cher (80 cents d'euros). La ville, comme tout le pays du reste est en ebullition, car les Vietnamiens se preparent au Nouvel an. Les rues abondent de marchands de fleurs, de bonzais et de fruits aux couleurs eclatantes. Nous faisons un tour en bateau, rencontrons un couple de British avec qui nous sympatisons, buvons quelques bieres (culture Anglaise et...

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Oct 17, 2007 - Mekong Delta - October 17-18, 2007

Mekong Delta is fantastic and probably has been the best part of the tour. Before we got to the Delta we stopped at the Cao Dai Great Temple. A civil servant and mystic named Ngo Van Chieu settled near Tay Ninh with 300 followers and founded Cao Dai "High Palace", which is a unique belief that elaborates on the traditional Vietnamese blend of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and ancestor worship with elements of Christianity and other religions. This temple is an architectural fusion of East and West and it is long and lofty as a cathedral...

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