We left the bustling city of Saigon and headed for the Mekong Delta, an area in southern Vietnam full of water and greenery. As my class and I discovered when the Mekong showed up on an episode of Our Planet, prompting us to do some research, the river travels through 6 countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and China) and is the twelfth longest in the world. It supports a huge number of people’s livelihoods within Vietnam and the other countries it flows through. I’ve seen the Mekong in Laos and Cambodia already, but I was excited to see the Delta area! Here’s my postcard from the Mekong Delta.
A river filled with silt flows, winding its way through bustling towns, lazy villages and fields. Crickets chirp, birds sing, mosquitoes buzz and dogs bark – these sounds travel far when there’s not much else. Small wooden boats bob on the brown water, ready for tours, for fishing, for providing income. Palm trees sway in the breeze as the boat finds its way down tributaries, past farms and brick kilns and homes. Coconuts perch on every palm while larger water coconuts line the river’s bank. The sweet, sweet scent of coconut candy fills the air as we watch workers chop, squeeze, desiccate, roll and chop again into small bites of gooey goodness – some brought home to remember the Mekong with every mouthful.
The Mekong Delta area is beautiful. Unfortunately we were only there for a couple of days so we stayed in Ben Tre in a lovely little airbnb which I highly recommend. Mai – the owner – is lovely, cooks great food, organised our boat trip and speaks great English. She also has the cutest cats and dogs who are just as friendly as she is.
Read the rest of my ‘A Postcard from…’ collection here, including words about Mai Chau, Hoi An, Sapa, Saigon and Hue.
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