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An Interesting Day, Part 2

27 Dec

Today we have taken several boats and a sampan to get to our destination. And going to the restaurant on Turtle Island in a horse-drawn carriage topped it all.

The restaurant was obviously set up with tourists in mind. There was a quirky sign near the toilets. Apparently it’s for the adventurous to clean themselves up after trying their hands at catching fishes in the designated ponds. 

Lunch was plentiful; we seem to be feted a lot for our arranged meals. After the meal, we wandered around the area to look at the animals on display instead of lounging in the ready hammocks. Grandmother tales say one should not lie down or be horizontal after a hearty meal. Besides fishes and turtles, there were alligators, toads, porcupines, snakes and more fishes.

A couple more boat rides and a short stop to see the Laughing Buddha at the Vinh Trang Pagoda, we soon were headed back to the city.

By 5.15pm we were back at the hotel. It has been an interesting day. We shall rest now and go out later this evening to see what we fancy as far as food is concerned as I opted not to have an arranged dinner tonight. 

 

Our transport to the restaurant

  
    
  

My first beer of this trip!

      
    
  

Waiter adding veg into the catfish soup

  

 

This was lunch!

 
    
    
    

Tons of toads! Rrbb bitt

    
  

 

An Interesting Day

27 Dec

I dozed off in the van during the hour and a half journey because traffic was heavy even on the highway. Eventually we arrived.

And we had quite a morning at the Mekong River. The first stop was at the Eco Bee Farm and we sampled some honey. And had some fruits while being serenaded by the local singers at the second stop before we took the sampan.

Walking along the path on the island, there were many vendors selling local fruits and crafts. We strolled along, stopping at the Coconut Candy-making attraction. The coconut ice cream was very refreshing!

 

At the jetty

  

Waiting for Boat #9

  

Safety first with life vests buckled on

  

Our tourguide showing us the bees

  

The bees sure are friendly

  

A closer look

  

Sampling the honey with some titbits

  

The mixture of honey, pollen, lime and tea

 
 

Mango, Papaya, Dragon fruit, Watermelon & Pineapple

 

   

This colorful fruits are cocoa

    
    
   

A Leisurely Pace

27 Dec

After yesterday’s outing, I decided to push today’s plans to an hour later instead of 8.00am so that we don’t have to wake up so early. It helped. I think I slept slightly better but the shoulders felt stiff. Must be the pillows.

I am still so full from last night’s dinner! How can I eat breakfast? But with the destination being 70km away, maybe a little bite…

The adventure, after breakfast will have us heading to My Tho, the capital of the Tien Giang Province. About 70km away I was told, it would probably take an hour plus.

A snooze during the journey would probably do wonders. Looking forward to another fun-filled day ahead!