Xin Chao from Can Tho!!!

After our arrival in Can Tho last night, we all rested up for the big day ahead.  Today, we began at the Ninh Kieu wharf along the Mekong River in Can Tho, enjoying some sightseeing and taking in the culture of the local people along the riverbanks.

Riverbanks of Ninh Kieu wharf.

We traveled via boat down the Mekong Delta and visited the Cai Rang floating markets of Can Tho, the largest floating market in Vietnam.  While weaving through the market vessels, we sampled fresh mangoes and even had a refreshing pineapple treat!

Floating markets.

Delicious pineapple treats!

After exiting the boat and enjoying a quick local lunch, we visited a fruit farm.  This farm contained an array of exotic seasonal fruits.  While walking along the farm’s paths, we discovered a bamboo bridge.  This bridge brought an opportunity for both adventure and photo ops.  Finally, we visited a traditional Chinese-Vietnamese house.  This house featured traditional Chinese-Vietnamese furniture, artwork, pottery, and a beautiful garden. It was also the site for the French movie, “L’Amant.”

Traditional Vietnamese house.

We ended our day earlier than usual, allowing us time to visit downtown Can Tho.  We even ran across a wedding in our hotel, and at least four other weddings in our immediate hotel area.

Wedding that took place in our hotel.

All in all, we had an educational and relaxing first day in Can Tho.

 

Hen Gap Lai,

Melanie Berks and Elyssa Pavone

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