A Stroll Through Can Tho

Trip Start Aug 17, 2011
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Trip End Oct 31, 2011


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The fish farm is....interesting. Families catch and harvest fish, fattening them up with a special food they make. It looks and smells like dry dog food, and the fish snap it up like it's crack. Splashing and jumping up out of the water, it's a crazy sight.

After this it's right onto another minibus to Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta.  At least thats what wikipedia will tell you.  What you'll see is a quaint riverside town, traversed on foot in under an hour.  At night, the neon lights go on.  In America, and most of the world, we equate neon with Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or Macau, all things excessive and tacky.  When we encountered a Catholic Church limned in neon, we thought, we've gotta come back to this at night.  Our intent, of course, was to get some funny pictures of "church done wrong," because of course you don't put neon on a church.  When we returned, though, we remembered something we loved about Vietnam:  taste.  The church was perfect, the neon just enough to remind you that it's there.  The whole city, in fact lights up into something Edward Hopper should have painted.  Beneath the glow, you can follow the street market down to the quay, where children play, families gather and eat, and the elderly people-watch, all beneath a smiling, well-lit statue of Ho Chi Minh.

We're only here for a night, and it doesn't feel like Can Tho could keep you entertained for much longer than that, but it proves to be a pleasant place to spend an evening.  
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