So this weekend we went to the city of Can Tho in the Mekong Delta and it was absolutely AMAZING. From visiting the floating market to navigating small boats through a winding river in search of fruit to pick, we experienced so many incredible things.
The cities I’ve been to so far in Vietna
m (Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho) are very different from those in the U.S. In lieu of towering skyscrapers, bumper-to-bumper car traffic and high-end shopping, Vietnamese cities have a more personal feel. The streets are lined with small shops and markets that are often specialized. Instead of one stops shops like Target or Walmart, the stores usually only sell one type of thing. The streets are dominated by mopeds with the occasional car or truck.
Our hotel in Can Tho was right across the street from a huge gold statue of Ho Chi Minh. It was interesting to see how many people visited it and how much people revere him and his memory in Vietnamese history.
The first morning in Can Tho, we got up to go the floating market at 5 AM. We took a boat to a location further down the river where the market was. The market sold mostly fresh fruit and vegetable items like durian, dragonfruit, pineapple, lychee, and pumpkin. It was so cool to see the same market atmosphere that we’ve experienced in the city on boats instead.
After the floating market we sought out a breakfast place that had something we were all craving… PANCAKES. It was a little difficult to find, but we were able to get some American-like pancakes (Vietnamese pancakes are made with meat and beans) and a wide assortment of fruit.
Sunday morning we went boating and fruit picking. With a partner, we got into little wooden boats with a small paddle and navigated narrow canals in the forest. Along the way, our guide pointed out different fruit trees and we got to sample them. My favorite was the Vietnamese grapefruit because it is a lot milder than the ones in the U.S. Paddling the boat along the river was tricky because the tree branches and plants hung so low. We had to duck or lay down several times just to make it through. Halfway through the trip, we made a pit stop and learned how to make coconut rice paper on an outdoor stove. I can’t believe the first week is already over! Here we gooo week 2!