April 3: Mekong Delta

This morning, we take the three hour drive to our river boat tour of the Mekong Delta. Along the way, we see many hundreds of mopeds and motorbikes.

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Mid-way rest stop.

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22,450 VND (Dongs) equals one USD

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Life along the Mekong

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Life along the Mekong

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Life along the Mekong

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Life along the Mekong

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Mekong River, a commercial artery. Palm branches.

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Mekong River, a commercial artery. Coconut shells.

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Mekong River, a way to visit and shop.

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River entrance to a brick making plant, fired with coconut shells.

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Extrusion machine making square bricks.

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Drying unfired bricks.

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Kiln fired by coconut shells.

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Cooling the kiln for a week; storing finished bricks.

We left the main river way and traveled by small sampans, each powered by women rowers. We stopped to watch the making of grass mats, then a stop to watch candy and beverage making from coconut milk.

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Drying grass to weave mats.

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Mat weaving, a two person process.

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Navigates with a steady hand.

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Peeling the shell off the coconut.

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Making coconut candy, a family business.

We had a nice leisurely stroll in the shade to our sampan which took us back to the motorized craft pick up our coach for the ride back to Saigon. After supper, we turned in to rest in advance of our long flight home tomorrow evening.

 

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