Chips & gravy all round & get Corrie on the telly
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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It took us two hours to arrive at our first stop of the trip, Cai Be, to see the floating village and some of the local villages. We all boarded a boat at the harbour and sailed out to see the traders selling fruit, vegetables and fish, to be honest we expected to see more people trading but maybe that was do to it being a Saturday, we werent too sure
Next we were taken to see sweets being made from coconut milk, the whole process was explained to us and we got to sample the sweets afterwards - still warm coconut caramel gorgeous. Then we were shown how rice cakes and rice 'pop' is made (also sold as candy). We were amazed at all the industry going on under basically one roof. The rice 'pop' was essentially sugar puffs and it was made in a very similar way to pop corn. Before we left Andrew had a coconut juice straight from the shell, apparently it is one of the most refreshing and thirst quenching things you can drink. We needed it it was roasting.
We all got back on the boat and travelled along the river for about an hour observing daily life, it was facinating. We stopped for lunch at a river side restaurant and had a meal of rice, salad and pork with fresh fruit then we had a walk around and stumbled across a crocodile enclosure. There were a couple of other tourists there already who were dangling pieces of raw meat from make shift fishing rods from a platform. The crocodiles all circled around under the meat until one would just pounce and all the others would thrash around. We were then 'treated' to some traditional music where the waitresses from the restaurant 'sang' along with a couple of very old men playing guitar
After all this we took the boat to Vinh Long where we picked up the bus and drove 3 hours to Chau Doc where we would be staying for the night. On the way we stopped at another hotel and picked up Julia from Old Trafford! After a chat on the coach between the 4 northerners discussing the football, chips and gravy and Coronation Street we got to the hotel and after the warning that we had received from the guide about a couple who had eaten in one of the local restaurants and were rushed to hospital as some wash the food and cook in river water, we decided to skip dinner and try to get an early night as we wanted to get up at 1am to watch the England game.
The alarm went off, we woke up and we wished we hadnt bothered.........