What an amazingly relaxing day! Up and out of the Hotel at 8 am. Then off to the Delta via a temple. Vietnam has a unique religion that is based on the teachings of Victor Hugo, a famous Vietnamese academic and the Vietnamese emperor. It was based on being good and acknowledged all Deities. Beautiful temple, and a one stop shop with the coffin maker next door and the hearse complete with Dragons ready to roll!
Then onto the Mekong and a boat where we cruised through a floating village seeing how they made various crisp breads coconut sweets, royal jelly and even a fruit farm. A taster’s paradise.We traversed onto Sampans with four to a boat. And were paddled and pushed through a maze of canals. The tide was out and the mangroves exposed. We saw king fishers, fish scooting across the land, mangroves and the local people doing whatever the local people do. It was a relaxing experience and lovely just taking things at a leisurely pace after the information overload of the past couple of days.
We rejoined the larger boat and eventually arrived at the restaurant for lunch at 4.30 pm, thank goodness for all the tastings along the way! We were served a variety of fish dishes with an elephant eared fish being the master dish. This was presented in rolled up rice paper. A local came through with a life version a few minutes later. It was whisked into the kitchen.WE had a lovely time watching the sunset over the Mekong it was absolutely beautiful! Particularly with the fishing boats.
We have started to have a challenge each day; Kym won the challenge to take a photo of Mitch Caitlyn and Hannah with every one smiling. Todays was to take a photo of Kerren with a silly face.A lot of games and singing has been happening on the bus.
Heading of the night market tonight where the challenge is to buy a gift under under $1 so that we can do a pass the parcel quiz to celebrate Sophie’s 16 birthdays tomorrow.