Posted by: travelrat | March 31, 2020

Mekong Delta

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Mekong Delta: 15th November 2019.

I can’t remember the name of the film, but, for years, the words ‘Mekong Delta Cruise’ conjured up visions of snurching up the river in an airboat, to the tune of the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction, with a heavy-calibre machine gun mounted up front.

I’m happy to report it’s not like that at all!

We arrived at the river … or, actually, one of the several waterways joining the arms of the delta, and boarded a pirogue. This seated four people, and was propelled by an oarsman in the stern. He propelled us along a quiet, peaceful backwater, until, after a short distance, we transferred to a larger boat. This motor vessel sailed us further up the river to a riverside restaurant, where we were to have lunch.

And, as we sailed, a lovely lady chopped the top off coconuts for us, so we could have a drink.

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After lunch, we reboarded the boat, which took us back to the bus. The journey this time was broken by a visit to a busy indoor market. It covered a vast area, but the sort of place where you didn’t need to go looking for what you needed.

It would come and find you … often, whether you needed it or not!


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  1. I think the film was Full Metal Jacket but I can’t swear to it. Looks a fun ride.

    • It was! I’ll be putting some video up in a couple of weeks.


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