DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA TOUR
The third day we visited the Mekong Delta area which is quite an incredible place. The section we visited had four or so little islands situated in the middle of a river out in the countryside which mostly consists of rice fields. Before we reached our first destination we had the opportunity to stop at a Buddhist temple and observe the goings on there. It was very pretty with many statues and gardens outside and there was a service going on inside.
After this quick stop we were off to find out boat at the docks and head out into the delta. The first island we stopped at had delicious honey and tea, as well as some bees. We met an entertaining Irish couple in our travels so we tried some of the tea and honey with them and held the bees, because why not?
Wandering further through the island we got to see all number of little houses and fruits. The most amazing part about this little island community is the way the live. So much different than the busy day-to-day work we do as engineers. So much simpler. Our guide told us there is no crime so people can sleep with windows and doors open or unlocked, and there are very ornate raised tombs outside some of the houses near the river so people can keep their deceased family members near. For that reason alone many people do not want to leave these communities, so they can be near their families both living and past.
On our way to lunch we took small boats to the next island, complete with pointy hats (also known as Nón lá). We got to see women making coconut candy, which was quite good, and then took a horse/cart ride to lunch where we got to make out own spring rolls with rice paper, rice noodles, herbs, and fish!