Today we went on a day trip to the Mekong Delta; about 2 hours away, 10 km away.
There are 4 islands that we passed; turtle, phoenix, unicorn, and dragon. We took a motor boat from the mainland to the biggest island, Unicorn, where we disembarked and tried some honey tea. I held a honey comb, that was pretty intense, but the bees were totally calm and didn’t mind.
After that we went down a canal via row boat, what a fun time! It was about a 15 minute ride but it was truly amazing to see how efficient the locals were to navigating the waters like a highway. What was most amazing was how these little boats held six people easily and we didn’t sink.
The boats definitely were quite light and very easily could have been tipped over if you moved too much or suddenly. The boats were very smooth due to being protected and away from the main waterway.
After we took the boat around, they returned us to our motor boat to continue on our journey around to the next stop; Coconut Candy.
Our little motorboat took us to the next stop where we transferred to smaller boats to go up another canal on a different island to see how coconut candy was made. It was interesting to see how they crafted coconut from the mature coconuts to extract the oil, and then use the meat to make little bars- some where mixed with other flavors; chocolate, durian, and peanuts, as well as plain.
While on this tour, I met some really awesome and nice folks; a couple from England- moving to Australia, an Aussie, and a Japanese student. Happy to say that this trip has been a great way to meet new friends and exchange information to keep in touch, plus it never hurts to have friends when you wanna go travel to their countries!
Tomorrow we head to the beach for a few days, which is much needed. Mui Ne is next!