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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Heading Bush?

This morning we left HCM City and headed for the hills, or so we thought! Destination Mekong Delta. We left the hotel in a brand spanking new Honda which took us onto highway one heading south. We stopped at the Cao Dai temple in My Tho after a few hours which was very special. Cao Dai is what I would call a boutique religion. We witnessed men singing their prayers.

We drove around the corner from the temple to the big Tien Gang tourist centre. There we passed the tourist bait and got onto a wooden boat to cross to an island in the Mekong river.

The treat here was tropical fruits complimented by live Vietnamese music with traditional instruments. After walking along a little trail littered with tourist souvenirs and home made candies (made in front of us) we found an old couple who had been assigned to pedal us back to the main boat through a narrow jungle channel.

Before we knew it we were back in the luxuriously air-conditioned car which drove us another couple of hours to a large hotel in Can Tho. We were seriously hungry as fruit is not enough for lunch. Fortunately I had a good supply if snacks with me. Need to watch those sugar levels!

Apart from the little island we visited we never did leave civilization!

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