Whilst in Saigon many people suggest taking a Mekong River Cruise and as I did the Vespa tour the day before, the tour guide said he would take me on a cruise, with a few added extras like visiting a fish farm.
After a long drive we boarded a boat into the middle of the delta and arrived at a small shack floating in the water. A smiley Vietnamese family welcomed us off the boat; I guess they don’t get many tourists, as they seemed really friendly and excited. Whilst we took some pics, our tour guide grabbed us a bowl of dried fish food and we then had to literally walk the plank over to the fish farm. It was fascinating to watch, at first you can just see the water below your feet then as soon as you throw in a bit of food in, hundreds of fish appear and they go nuts!!
The farm also farmed these tiny frogs that are a delicacy over there. I believe this came about due to their former colonial power (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Indochina) and now they share a well known taste for French Legs just like the French (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frog_legs#French_cuisine).
The family whose farm it was were friends with the tour guide so we hung out with them for a while and they had the most adorable kids, who loved the camera. As you can see in the pic below….
Following the fish farm, you end up on a part of the delta that is full of tourists and as you can see on the busy days it gets quite rammed, however it is fun and they give you traditional hats to wear as you row the delta – you can see me sporting one in the picture!
Another advantage of using this tour guide was he took us to less touristy parts, which included this excellent traditional restaurant by the river. My tour guide ordered for me and each course was fantastic. They cooked this amazing fried fish, descaled it and put it into a delicious roll with salad and spicy sauce.
The bathroom didn’t quite follow the tone of the restaurant or setting (see pic)! I was greeted by the most random images, although very amusing, it was not what I expected in this serene and rustic location. Shame.
Following the tour we drove back to Saigon, which was a 3-hour journey. I think next time I would perhaps go to Cambodia straight from there by river, rather than back to Saigon first. But if you fancy taking the private tour from Saigon to the delta and need a good guide, please get in touch and I will send you the details of my man!
Chúc sức khoẻ!