Vietnam – Mekong Delta

Day 2 took us on a scenic bus trip past green paddy fields to the Mekong Delta where our first stop was the Vinh Trang Buddhist pagoda near My Tho.

This large temple complex, set in two hectares of magnificent, tranquil gardens, was built in the mid-nineteenth century and contains many statues of the Buddha as well as one of the Jade Emperor. Beautiful bonsai and amazing displays of pot plants were fast becoming a favourite aspect of the trip for me.

A boat trip up the Mekong took us Tortoise Inlet where we had a sumptuous lunch in a delightful farm and orchard garden.

Under shady coconut trees we cruised in tiny hand-rowed sampans through natural canals to another family farm where yummy, no-added-sugar coconut sweets were made. Here I jumped at the chance to hold a snake and we also sampled snake whiskey. A further stop took us to a honey farm with bonus cups of tea with honey accompanied by folk singing.

That night we were whisked off to the airport for our flight to Hue. 


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