The last part of our trip took us down to the south of Vietnam to see the floating markets at Can Tho and the Mekong Delta. From Saigon, we took a very long bus trip on a very old bus. The bus actually broke down on us – but never fear, the male passengers piled out, pushed it to the side of the road, and as a group, fixed the problem and got us going within an hour.We stayed at the Hien Guesthouse. It was clean and comfortable. You can search http://www.expedia.com.vn/ for a list of local hotel deals. The owner was a little funny, but did arrange a day long “cruise” of the floating market and surrounding waterways in a motorized boat.
The market wasn’t really that exciting – motorboats everywhere selling vegetables – but at least it wasn’t the touristy feeling we got from Damoen Saduak market in Thailand.The tour of the waterways was more interesting – as it was a good chance to see how a lot of people live. It was peaceful, and a pleasant way to spend the rest of the day. The man whose boat we were in even killed the motor and started rowing. Wendy took a turn too, and he was very impressed (and amused) that she could do it! We didn’t find anything else too interesting, and we were glad we only had arranged one night in Can Tho. We headed back to Saigon on an empty mini-van that the hotel arranged – much more comfortable (and faster) than the bus we took down, and only marginally more expensive!