Mekong Delta

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Transport by boat is the only way

Television is VERY important

The Mekong river is one of the longest rivers in Asia, 4500 km long. The last 222 km flow through Vietnam, and the river divides here in 9 arms. The Mekong Delta is an area with more water than land, so we travelled here mostly by boat. We saw one of the many floating markets and we visited a traditional house that was restored with Japanese help. Here we had lunch in the garden, between lots of fruit bearing trees.  

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We stopped at a rice popping factory. Here, we saw how the rice was popped, mixed with a sweet 'glue' and formed into rice wafers. Quite fascinating to see.

Let's call this a house

Rowing lady

Vietnamese tourists

Our guide in the delta

The people row here standing up and facing the way they are going. We told our guide, the lady with the pink shirt, that in Holland people row facing backwards. When she asked how we knew where we were going, we couldn't really answer her. Uhh, probably we don't really know where we go?
Bicycle trip

Bicycling in the Mekong Delta

On one of the islands we also took a bike-trip. That was really great, riding over small paths along the water. Everybody seemed to like a couple of tourists coming by and looking how they put a kind of Lychee in baskets or weave tiles for the roof from the water-coconut.

The Mekong

Pottery and rice fields are strangely connected in the Mekong Delta. The muddy water from the Mekong floods the rice fields, which forms after some years the clay. This clay is brought to one of the many potteries, where it is formed to hollow bricks or other pottery. The pottery is baked in an oven, fired with the husks and the ashes are used as a fertilizer on the rice fields.

Brick factory

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