31 December 2012

Day 2 of 9: Vietnam (Mekong River Delta and Cza's Birthday)

Second day of our trip was allotted to explore the Mekong River. We weren't able to make the group trip so  we paid a little more and had a private tour instead. We paid 25 USD each, 15 USD more than what we would have paid for the group tour. It was okay since we were already there anyway and as somebody close to me said, travel with style and do not scrimp. It was also a good thing because we were able to meet our tour guide whose name we didn't really get so we just called him Ketut to simplify things.

Our first stop was the honey and tea place. The locals sort of have a bee farm where they get the honey from and they sell it to tourists. They also have dried fruit and some icky snake wine. *shivers*

Second stop was the coconut candy factory. Apparently coconut is big in Vietnam but I just found it funny because what they were making is much like the Philippine's very own...bukayo. Nothing really special save for the additional flavoring. We bought packs of it nonetheless.

So again we walked to our third stop to listen to traditional Vietnamese songs and sample their fruits. I just ate the mango and sampled the dragon fruit. I'm not really a fan of pineapples and longans. Frankly, nothing still beats the Philippine mango.

The more exciting part of this tour was having to ride a narrow boat and traverse through a very narrow canal. Applause to the men and women who navigate the small boats. There's too much traffic and this is definitely a skill.

We headed off to another island for lunch and upon arriving we had to ride a horse carriage. Cool!

We were starving and good thing our lunch was really delicious. Healthy Vietnamese food for the win!
Oh yes we were hungry. Sorry.
Since Jet had this picture in his mind of riding a bike, we just had to fulfill that wish of his. I haven't ridden a bike for quite sometime so it was a very nice experience. Good thing all of us knew how to ride one.

On our way back to Ho Chi Minh, were given coconut to drink during the short boat ride. I do not really like coconut but since I had nothing else to drink, then I was left with no choice. Survival skills in play.

Since it was Cza's birthday, we celebrated it in a fancy restaurant. We has RK and Julius buy a cake as surprise and Jet and I went with Cza. We asked from the reception at our hotel which restaurant would she recommend and she told us to go at Ngon restaurant. Apparently, there were quite a number of Ngon restaurants so we ended up being in two different places. Anyhow, RK and Julius found us after minutes of walking. Haha.

Day 2 done! We ended the day with more shopping at Ben Thanh Market as we prepare to go to Phnom Penh the following day. More adventures to follow!

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