|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 we saw the production of rice paper, popped rice and peanut brittle. We ended the morning by cruising by the water market where fruits and vegetables are sold in the river on boats who display the wares on bamboo poles so you can tell what is being sold from that particular boat.
During lunch we continued down the river to My Tho. It is a city of about 250,000 and a motor scooter to vehicle ratio of at least 100 to 1. As school was letting out for the day parents were picking up their kids from school and the streets were teeming with scooters and motorcycles. We visited a beautiful Pagoda with enormous statues of a reclining Buddha and a happy Buddha. Our last stop of the day was at a Cao Dai temple. This is a monotheistic religion, the 4th largest in Vietnam, which combines the teachings of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Confucianism and Islam.
Tonight is our last night on the Mekong.