We got on a boat (about a dozen people) and headed to the floating markets. The markets were big boats with loads of all kinds of fruit and veg.
Today with our tour we had a basic breakfast again and headed down to the river (just a block from our hotel) On the way was a makeshift market on the side of the road made up of people that lived on the river selling different fish and a tiny bit of fruit. Our guide called out every piece of fruit -he was very loud. We got on a boat (about a dozen people) and headed to the floating markets. The markets were big boats with loads of all kinds of fruit and veg. They had bamboo poles sticking up from their boats with their produce speared to the end. Sometimes just a watermelon other times half a dozen veggies. We went around the gathering of boats twice then went to where they make rice noodles. Everyone seems to eat noodle soup for breakfast here!
It was pretty interesting seeing how they were made -half ground rice, half tapioca flour and cooked into pancakes left to dry in the sun. Then shredded into the noodles. There was a huge pig pen and they were fed the rice byproducts. We also went to see a typical orchard on the river -jack fruit, dragon fruit, lemons, oranges, rambutans and pineapples. They were selling fresh fruit and we were starving but had no money. waah!
When we got back to town we had an hour before our bus left to My Tho so were took our passports to the bank to withdraw money. By the time we finally got our money we didn’t really have time to order food so we bought ice creams from the hotel lobby before the bus came.
A few buses arrived and everyone was from different groups. Some on their last day others on their first. It turned out we were the only people going to My Tho. We were on the same bus as people going to Ho Chi Minh. Seemed such a long bus ride and when we got there they called us a cab to go to our hotel. We settled in and walked back to the bus stop for something to eat. No one spoke english (including hotel staff) and we had some very average Vietnamese food before crashing in our hotel for the night.
Akkrieg (From Australia)