Goodbye Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta Region, Vietnam
Wow i have an actually normal title for this blog. I guess i'm running out of ideas ;)
For some reason, i always thought that we visited Ho Chi Minh City after the Mekong delta but apparently not? Oh well either way, i'm about to explain our short but sweet (i'm so typical) stay in southern Vietnam! And food was more phenomenal for me in the north and central part of Vietnam. But Vietnamese food is excellent anywhere. Except for Regina. Then i won't complain. Alright let's get started.
Since in the earlier blog about our friend Viet, i mentioned the person who introduced us to him. Her name is Minh minh (from Ho Chi Minh City haha) and she gave us a small tour of the city. We only spent one day there so she also introduced us to her friends and we all went to eat at an excellent restaurant in the evening. They have two children. One was 9 and the other i think was 13. The eldest already made up her mind to either come to Canada for University or Australia. She asked for my opinion and what i'm studying in school etc. I was really awkward so i was like, "oh hey. Um...i'm actually homeschooled to some extent without any highschool influence so just talk to the parents alright bye."
After supper i gained an extra Instagram follower before they drove us back to our hostel. It was really artsy, a little run-down but i enjoyed our one night stay there. They took a lot of time to decorate each floor individualy and each floor had a different theme.
We left in the morning by bus. Mom thought the process went surprisingly smooth. But then once they told us to get in a bus, it didn't arrive. A few minutes later we were transfered to another bug. But once we got settled in our seats, the bus stopped by a gas station and told our family to move to another bus. Luckily this was the bus we took to the Mekong Delta but they charged us 50 000 dong (3$) for fitting in all of our bags.
After the bus, we took a ferry across all small 100m river to the other side of the delta and then our host, Truc and her father came over on motorcycles and took us in pairs of 2s (or 1 in Dad's case) to drive us to her homestay. Around a 20 minute motorcycle ride from the port.
Since it was southern Vietnam, the temperature was always so hot and plus the moisture of being near a body of water made it like you were steaming chicken. Us being the chicken. Canadian chicken. Or Canadian Geese. Ugh whatever. It was hot. The homestay was mostly outdoors without any air conditioner only with fans. Crazy right? But we all survived. Take cold showers during the day and you'll be fine. With the heat you'll just dry up in less than half an hour.
In the island itself there isn't much to do but we took the bikes that they had and biked around. Dad had this bike with an electric motor with Eli on the back. Lucky for him, he didn't have to bike as much as the rest of us. I had Lucy on the back on mine and wanted a try with the electric bike. AND I HAD SO MUCH FUN. When we all came back an hour and a half later, With permission i took the key for the bike and just went as fast as it could with Lucy on the back. I probably made 3 trips back and forth to the church which wasn't necessarily near by. It was actually further than the port. By the end the bike was extra weight because the electric motot was dead and my energy was all spent. Lucy behind me was still happy but me...
Let's just say i had to cool down in the shower.
There was one morning where we had to wake up at 4:00am to visit the floating market. YAY fun. When we woke up in the morning, a car came over to pick us up because the market was along the mainland. And by the sides of the streets and all, people were awake in the darkness. Selling goods and fish. Trading, conversing with only the small food stall lights to light up their path. It was kind of impressive to see everyone awake versus me who was constantly jolting awake before falling alseep again.
There was no beautiful sunrises that i had expected to see and sun just went 'oh hello goodmorning let me blast you with my amazing bright light to blind you' And during the boat tour i was drifting in and out of sleep. UNTIL..
The boat guy steered our boat next to this lady that sold drinks. Vietnam has a seriously good ice coffee. Well how about some drinks? Lemme take 2.
After coffee, i was much more awake and aware of the sun and the heat and the nauseatiing feeling- Just kidding. It was just really sunny. I found it interesting to see all sorts of river life and boats full of...everything!
Yeah, it was really cool to experience that little journey. I mean we could've gone to Starbucks but this coffee was good too. Hahaha. I'm kidding.
Truc's mother was an AMAZING cook (like most mother's) but her Vietnamese food was excellent. I dare to say would say that if she came to Canada, she would be an extremely popular person.
We happened to meet another friend at this homestay but this time from the Netherlands! Charlotte is still one of those solo travelers that you all just click with. And with all of Eli and Lucy's questions she didn't seem annoyed or wearisome as other travelers might. In fact she seemed even more interested and contributed to their ideas!
She has a super bubbly and kind personality. Really hoping that we can visit her in the Netherlands. That night we all ate supper together and talked about our separate adventures. She was actually traveling to Vietnam for studies of general human behavior towards certain groups of people or something like that. It sounded really impressive. The rest of supper we just joked about the terrible karaoke that the neighbours were singing. He was truly the most tone-deaf person i ever heard singing. And i don't even know Vietnamese! We left the island at the same time and chatted for a bit before a bus literally just whisked her away with only a small window to say a goodbye & good luck. And then us too were off.
Off and away towards Cambodia. Where another adventure will start...
Wow that was a little too 'cliffy' for a travel blog hey? Well you'll have something to look forwards for my next blog. Vietnam was truly an amazing country with diverse flavours of food all the way to the different cultures. They themselves were able to defy the French, the Chinese, the Mongols and the United States of America. That's really admirable.
Ok Bye Vietnam!