Here’s a few more words from Mark about his trip to Vietnam. In this blog post he talks about the Mekong Delta, how the locals fish, the food, the fishing farms and the floating markets.
The Mekong Delta is a massive area of water ways with land in between. I love boats and there are thousands from small beam trawlers and fishing boats to large ships that cart sand and gravel up and down. There are always boats moving. It amazes me how much seafood comes out this delta.
Down in this area, they tend to eat a lot of rats, snakes and dogs, like we eat Macca’s! I did not knowingly try any 🙂 Beef is expensive which is why it’s not eaten, but ducks, chicken and pork is widely consumed. Roadside vendors sell the above mentioned meats in huge quantities and at numerous locations.
The fish farm:
The Fish Farm and Processing Factory was amazing. I helped unload fish that comes in live each day. Around 45 tonnes were unloaded on the day I helped.
Once it enters the factory, it is handled with extreme care. Their hygiene is as good as Australia and New Zealand.
Not a lot of Western people are allowed to visit the fish farms so we felt extremely lucky and privileged to be able to go to the farm that produces 3000 tonnes of seafood per annum. This farm is one of nine farms that the company owns. It was unbelievable!!
The locals made us feel extremely welcome. A big warning: do NOT try the snake or gecko wine!!
The floating markets are a must see. They are unreal!
Cooking class in the Mekong:
The cooking class in the Mekong was a little disappointing because the first class we had in Ho Chi Minh was outstanding. There wasn’t enough hands on in the class for me.
On the way back from Mekong, we visited Cu Chi war tunnels at Ho Chi Minh City, which is really worth a look. The tunnels were used during the Vietnam War.
I also got to shoot a 30 calibre machine gun from the back of the jeep. That was very cool!
We also visited an Agent Orange village, a village full of people affected by Agent Orange.
The villages receive medical and psychological help and the villagers themselves do fantastic work with egg shell paintings. War sucks.
See you in part 3 of my Vietnam Trip!