Down the Mekong River: Welcome to Waterworld
Trip Start Jan 03, 2008
15Trip End Feb 07, 2008
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As we followed the river down the Mekong Delta we saw more and more settlements along the banks. Closer to Chau Doc there were kids swimming in the water and men stringing out fishing nets. The feeling was almost dreamlike. I could not believe what I was seeing. An incredible life on the water. The highlight of my trip so far.
I got into Chau Doc, the major border town after the border, just before dusk. A cyclo driver named Wong asked to take me to a good hotel and I accepted. His english was excellent making things easy for me. The hotel was good and cheap and he waited outside while I showered then took me to an ATM so I could get Vietnamese Dongs. After that we went and booked my bus for Saigon, then a massage, and then some well deserved beers.
We did get drunk together. He told me all about things in his city. Then we went for dinner, where the waitresses sit and actually feed you. It was interesting to say the least. Exhausted, I had Wong bicycle me to my hotel about 10 pm. It was a day I'll never forget.