Sunday, March 5, 2017

2017 Grand World Voyage, Day 160, Mekong Delta, Vietnam (Part 1 of 3)

Up before dawn and off to the Cai Rang floating market. Can Tho is set on the southern bank of the Hau River, it is known for its canal network and being  the economic hub the southern Mekong region.  Just 6km from Can Tho on the Song Can River is Cai Rang, the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta.  By leaving so early, we were sure not to miss the morning animation, a wholesale market, when most people come to buy the best goods to sell them back later in the streets of the city. The Mekong is literally covered with boats, small or big, creating one of the most amazing organized messes we’ve ever seen.  It’s noisy, busy and was well worth getting up early to see all the vendors.  Great photo opportunities as we meandered through the boats.  What a great experience this early morning adventure was....highly recommended.  Next, we sailed up the Cai Son Tho canal in the Phong Dien district and stopped at a family run fruit garden-orchard for touring and home grown refreshments. Our last stop on the guided tour was at Cho An Binh vegetable/fruit, meat and fish market, a small but lovely market with very friendly people.  We were back at the hotel in time to have breakfast.  Having the rest of the day free, we decided to explore the Can Tho waterfront and some temples on our own.  We strolled the Ninh Kieu waterfront, a well maintained promenade lined with sculpted gardens, narrow backstreets and the base for boat trips on surrounding canals and the Can Tho Ancient Market.  This fabulous day was capped off by a two hour massage and dinner at the hotel.  This is part 1 of a 3 part blog.

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