Friday, February 29, 2008

Mekong Delta

We left at 8:30 this morning for the Mekong Delta.  The highway was covered with trucks, motor bikes, bicycles and buses all trying to get farther faster.  And on either side of the road (i.e direction was irrelevant if necessary).  The local buses have an odd sounding horn, and the more they use it the faster they can go.  At least I think that's the logic.

As we went further south there were more and more rice paddies at different stages of development.  The greens are so spectacular.  

At the water's edge in the Delta we boarded sampams to take us across an arm of the river, and then got onto even smaller ones to chug up a narrow canal that was covered on either side with water coconuts.  We visited  a candy factory where they make coconut candy from the pressed fresh coconut and palm sugar.  Lunch was a local feast of elephant ear fish cooked whole and studded with garlic and then pulled apart and served in rice pancakes with fresh green onion and basil.  

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