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Jan 19, 2009 - Long Xuyen / VIETNAM

Good morning Vietnam ! Nous passons la frontiere le 19/01 au matin. Nous devons prendre un tuck-tuck qui s'engage sur un "off road" pendant un dizaine de kilometres, la route n'est plus pratiquable, nous sautons sur 2 motos jusqu'au poste frontiere. 2 autres motos prennent les relais cote Vietnam. Nous sentons de suite la difference entre le Cambodge et le Vietnam. Les routes sont tous "bitumes", du gazon bien taille borde les routes ainsi que des palmiers, Les maisons sont modernes, le pays est beaucoup plus riche ... Le premier contact...

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Mar 29, 2007 - Saigon

Thankfully, despite Lucys "food poisoning", the bus journey from Mui Ne to Saigon went fairly well - I was a bit worried about sitting next to her, but luckily she didn't poo on me, follow through or touch cloth in any shape or form, so I was quite relieved. The actual journey took about six hours, during which time we had to endure the most irritating Vietnamese comedy on the TV, volume full blast, surrounded by a bus load of locals absolutely pissing themselves in hysterics. Had it been Eastenders, I may have been in better spirits,...

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Girls on Tour!!

Nov 16, 2006 - Mekong Delta

After a short drive, we arrived at the mekong delta signaling the start of the three day tour! When we arrived on the first island we were taken around and showed things like how they made COCONUT CANDY, Tasted snake wine(wisky with snakes in it(and i did NOT try it)UHHH), listend to tradition music( if your happy and you know it) and touched tyhe python. After a frutrating start we had a nice boat ride up the mekong to the floating market which was very interesting(see photo), befor going to a house hold that made rice paper. As we were...

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Nov 5, 2006 - Day 53 - Trip to the Mekong Delta

A 7am speedboat skimmed us along the Mekong river and away from Saigon. We travelled for a few hours seeing the more rural side of river life until eventually arriving in My Tho. Not the most exciting of towns, but a good jumping off point to see several islands in the Delta system. We were sheparded around several "set up for tourists" activity points. Coconut candy, honey production, etc. Then on to a woman-powered row boat through a mangrove network and back to our boat, from where we were taken to another island for lunch, once we'd...

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Oct 19, 2006 - Chau Doc, Vietnam

From HCMC we took a bus to Chau Doc which is on the Mekong Delta, not far from the border with Cambodia. We plan to take a boat up the river to Phnom Penh. The bus was the toughest day yet. It was $6 each for a 6.5 hour trip, so we knew it was going to be basic. It was a mini bus full of locals and there wasn't much space for luggage. Fortunately it did have air conditioning. Bad music was blaring out, but we had Ipods. After a couple of hours the bus stopped for a lunch break - we had no idea how long for (nobody spoke English). There...

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Girls on Tour

Oct 12, 2006 - Cu Chi Tunnels

The book I'm reading right now states that "In Asia, there are two man-made wonders; one you can see from outer space, and the other you can't see when you are standing on it." The later one is the amazing and slightly scary Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi is an area just outside of Saigon, where the ground is riddled with underground tunnels. They were originally dug so that the local people could hide from bombing and American raids. Eventually the local tunnels of different areas were extended and connected. They built kitchens, dorms, wells and...

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Ed in Asia

Apr 20, 2006 - Mekong Delta and its lively river

We are nearing the end of our stay in Vietnam. We can hardly believe that it's been almost a month since we flew here. There are still so many beautiful places to see in this country and more delicious food to try. So, we definitely must go back for a second visit, but we had one more destination in Vietnam to visit before we left - the Mekong Delta. It was clear from the start that this system of rivers and canals is the lifeblood of the people in the south. It always amazes us how all over the world people settle close to water and make...

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Dec 19, 2005 - Mekong delta

Ok so we arrived in Saigon and the next day we went to the Mekong Delta by boat. The river is like our motorway- everything moves on the river. We were staying at a small guesthouse this night so the day was put in by visiting different local industries along the way...everything from terracotta pots and mud bricks being made in the ovens; to a tile making shop; to a rice elevator; to a coffin making place! After all of that excitement, we were treated to coconut juice straight out of the coconut - yummy! We stopped for a lovely lunch where...

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Mar 25, 2005 - Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Early morning rise in a much more pleasant hotel, which had its identical rooms facing inwards looking over a lake with an island where the eating area is located. Another boat trip and we were at Sam Mountain, which we climber a few hundred metres of to reach the Cavern Pagoda. The Pagoda was Buddhist and peaceful but the real pleasure was seeing the view from its balconies over the village, and even further across the Cambodian border. A rowing boat fit for three (dog and/or small local child exclusive)took us through a floating village...

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Jan 26, 2005 - Mekong Delta

To travel from Saigon into Cambodia, we took a three day boat tour through the Mekong Delta region. This area stretches from the city limits of Saigon southwest to the Gulf of Thailand and is crisscrossed by nine tributaries of the Mekong River. Due to the way soil moves during annual flooding, the area has very rich soil and has been called "Vietnam's rice bowl." We spent most of our travel time on boats, following the meandering path of life on the river. It appears the Mekong is both a crucial transportation artery and key to the...

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Jan 16, 2005 - Chau Doc - The Mekong Delta

Although organised tours are not exactly our favourite thing as your time isn't your own and inevitably you dont get to spend long enough (or sometimes any time) in places that you want to, there is no cheaper way to see the Delta, and cheap is our mantra. That said though, I dont think we would have managed to get to some of the places we did see without a tour. So I guess it balances out. We took the tour that was advertised as "more boat, less bus" so we had heaps of time in various types of boats exploring the Mekong Delta. Its...

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Nov 29, 2004 - Chu Chi Tunnels

Vandaag hebben we een trip gemaakt naar de Chu Chi Tunnels en de Cao Dai tempel. Beide waren erg indrukwekkend. The Cao Dai Holy See" complex is opgericht in 1926 en ligt 4 kilometer ten oosten van Tay Ninh, in het dorp Long Hoa. Er worden 4 maal per dag diensten gehouden in "The Great Temple", om 6:00 uur, 12:00 uur, 18:00 uur en 24:00 uur. Wij konden de dienst van 12:00 uur bijwonen. Het is een schitterende, kleurrijke tempel en er kwamen steeds meer mannen en vrouwen in wit gekleed de tempel binnenlopen. Schoenen moesten we uitdoen en...

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