Vietnam: Touring the Mekong Delta by Boat

The Mekong Delta – by Jacob

We went on a small wooden rowboat and one of the locals rowed us down a small river. There was a lot of water coconut trees on the sides. The river was really small and we were banging into boats left, right, and centre, so we had to hang on to somewhere in the middle of the boat, not on the edges. And we also learned how the locals moved around.

This is canal rush hour.

This is canal rush hour.

I held a python snake. It was scaly and it’s body was moving and it wrapped around my leg. It was light. I thought it would be heavier. It was about two meters long. I also did a project on snakes at home with my friend, Nicholas, so it was cool to hold one.

Holding a Snake

I listened some local music and saw the instruments. The instruments were interesting. There was one with lots of strings and one with one string. It was nice to listen to. While they played, I ate lots of different types of tropical fruit.

This instrument had one string and when he bent the vertical stick in a certain way it would change the note and sound.

This instrument had one string and when he bent the vertical stick in a certain way it would change the note and sound.

I got to see how Coconut Candy was made. They had to break open the coconut, take the meat out and put it in a giant blender. Then they turned it into condensed coconut milk. Next they dried it and packaged it and I even got to taste it. It was really good. My mom bought a big package.

Coconut Candy

I saw the elephant ear fish. I also saw how is was served. It was a little smelly but it looked cool because it was served whole and held up on wooden pegs. It was even a different colour.

Fried Fish

I saw how rice was peeled and polished there was a lot of machines in there and it was really cool. I even learned some of the history of rice in Vietnam.

These are all different stages of rice.  There's polished rice, broken rice, brown rice, rice with husks on them and different size categories.

These are all different stages of rice. There’s polished rice, broken rice, brown rice, rice with husks on them and different size categories.

I learned how rice paper and rice noodles are made. It was really neat. They made them with rice paste. They cooked it, dried it and cut it. It must be hard work. It tasted good though.

This rice paper is laid out to dry in the sun. When it's ready it's either left in disks or cut into noodles.

This rice paper is laid out to dry in the sun. When it’s ready it’s either left in disks or cut into noodles

This is how they cut the rice paper into noodles called vermicelli.

This is how they cut the rice paper into noodles called vermicelli

I went to a floating market and saw how they sold things on the river. Even kids were on the boats were selling things. It must have been their “lesson on economics”. I even got to go on a locals boat to buy a tasty pineapple.

Economic Lesson

I got to pick my own pineapple.

I got to pick my own pineapple.

The owner of the boat peeled and carved to for me.  It was delicious.

The owner of the boat peeled and carved to for me. It was delicious.

We saw crocodiles, turtles and porcupines. They were cool but there was so many in one habitat. I’m pretty sure that they were going to kill them and make them into clothes or decorations.

alligator Farm

 

2 responses to “Vietnam: Touring the Mekong Delta by Boat

  1. Great update Jacob. Better you than me with a snake wrapped around me. We won’t show that picture to Angelika’s Mom.

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