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Lấp Vò District

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    • Day 33

      Chau Doc -> Can Tho

      October 26, 2022 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

      Ich habe nasse Füße 😅 Aus Sonnenschein wurde heute im Verlauf der Busfahrt von Chau Doc nach Can Tho strömender Regen 🌧️ Dadurch ist der Mekong während ich in der Stadt war bei Hochwasser still und heimlich über die Ufer getreten und hat mir meinen Weg zum Hotel unpassierbar gemacht, zumindest ohne nicht nass zu werden 😅

      Aber fangen wir vorne an. Heute morgen habe ich noch schnell den Fischmarkt in Chau Doc besucht und da wieder allerhand komisches Getier gesehen, was mir verkauft werden wollte. Ich hatte leider keine Verwendung für lebende Aale oder dergleichen 😔 Danach habe ich mich über die weitere Reise informiert und jetzt bin ich mir Recht sicher, dass es die Tage mit dem Boot von Soc Trang nach Con Dao geht. Das ist eine Inselgruppe vor dem Mekong Delta. Da verbringe ich dann ein paar sehr entspannte Tage, gehe vielleicht nochmal Tauchen, bevor ich dann nach Ho Chi Minh City fliege :)

      Nachdem ich die Pläne geschmiedet habe und mir mein Visum für den Visa Run aus Ho Chi Minh beantragt habe, kam ich nach ca. drei Stunden Fahrt in Can Tho an. Dabei handelt es sich um die größte Stadt im Mekong Delta.

      Hier im Hostel eingecheckt und mir einen Drahtesel geliehen und dann auf die verrückt vollen Straßen der Stadt gewagt 😅 Wieder Mal brilliantes, frisches Essen auf der Straße zu mir genommen und dann passierte das, was ich oben beschrieben habe ☔

      Was ich noch sagen wollte. Ich dachte, dass es ein Vorurteil sei, dass Vietnamesen alle mit diesen spitzen Reishüten umherlaufen, aber tatsächlich sieht man die hier überall. Da fühle ich mich schon fast gezwungen, mir auch einen zu besorgen 🎩 Das war es dann aber auch schon für heute.

      Tatsächlich klingt das oft garnicht so viel, aber ich verbringe auch einfach immer noch sehr viel Zeit damit einfach durch die Gegend zu fahren oder zu laufen und mir alles anzugucken :) Ich werde übrigens auch hier immer noch sehr freundlich gegrüßt und versuche immer fleißig auf vietnamesisch zu antworten ☺️ Davon kann sich Phnom Penh Mal eine Scheibe abschneiden!!!

      Und damit: chúc ngủ ngon!
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    • Day 10

      Good morning Vietnam

      November 7, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Nach dem Frühstück werden wir von Booten zu einer der vielen schwimmenden Fischzuchten gefahre. Zum lokalen Markt fahren wir mit einem Xe Loi, einer speziellen Ritschka. Der Markt hier ist ganz anders als in Kambodscha. Lebendes Geflügel, lebende Fische in grossen, flachen Schalen mit Sauerstoffschläuchen, Froschschenkel und, und, und...... Am Nachmittag legen wir an und besuchen ein Dorf. Wir können ein Haus anschauen, einheimische Musiker spielen für uns und wir sehen einen eindrücklichen Drachentanz. Zum Abschluss haben wir ein Apero mit Musik an Land. Es macht Spass, es wird gelacht und getanzt.Read more

    • Day 3

      Timetravel

      January 15, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      It feels like we have been in Vietnam for weeks and its only been two days. In a way I get the kind off time travel feeling we experienced in Cuba. It is just so incredibly different and such a rich cultural experience.

      I am still getting used to the Dong. We are getting around 22,000 to 1 USD, it seems expensive to buy a can of soda for 15,000 Dong but then when you work it out its 67c, it is not even a supermarket price. I think it is all the zeros that are so confusing . I mean I walk around with millions in my purse -mindboggling. In restaurants the local beer is the same price as a soda how strange!!

      As I am typing this blog, we are on a ferry to get across the river to our next overnight stop, we got out of the minibus to have a look around and this bike fully packed with ducks was on our same ferry.. Very entertaining I tell you!! I doubt there are any animal activists in Vietnam as this will cause havoc anywhere else in the world ( or at least the western world..?)

      So many crazy things all around that makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. Look at the wires where Roedolf is trying to cross the road- insane!!

      {Issy}
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    • Day 53

      Life Along the Mekong Delta

      April 9, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      After a week in Cambodia, we have returned to Vietnam, crossing into the country on the water.

      The Mekong is the breadbasket of Cambodia. Twenty-two percent of the population of Vietnam lives in the Delta. And, of those who live in the area, 80% rely upon the river for their livelihood, primarily as fisherman, fish farming, or growing rice in the land that runs along the side of the Delta. Moreover, Vietnam is the third largest producer of rice in the world, and more than half of that rice is grown in the area around the Delta. So, to say that the Delta is of crucial importance to the economic health of the country would be putting it mildly.

      Geographically, the Mekong Delta includes both the area along the Mekong River, the tributaries that run off the river, and more than 1000 canals that were dug over the last two hundred years to supply water to the surrounding countryside. The canal system is immense, and extremely complex. Some of the canals are small, and are used for local transportation. Other canals are wide and deep enough for navigation by commercial vessels. But all of these canals, regardless of size, are man made, and are maintained by the people who live in the area.

      Coming from Cambodia to Vietnam, I was struck by the stark differences between life in the two countries. In Cambodia, people live upon the river, and fish on the river, but use the resources of the river in a somewhat passive manner. In Vietnam, the people actively grow and harvest the resources of the river by building fish farms, and diverting the water into rice paddies. The level of activity is incredibly impressive.

      One of the most interesting things that we saw on the Delta were the fish farms, although I would never have understood what I was seeing without someone explaining it. As you cruise through the Delta, you see these large square buildings that look like modern houses. Upon first glance, one would assume that people are living in these buildings, although they do have a commercial feel. But, it is what you cannot see is the important part of the structure— below the houses sits these enormous cages, which extend down approximately 30 feet below the water, in which fish are being raised. The fish are actually purchased elsewhere, and transported to the Delta when they are about 2 inches long. Over the next 3-5 months, the fish are raised in these cages, where they are fed twice a day. Tending to the fish takes 2 or 3 people, depending upon the size of the fish farm. At the end of a few months, the fish are big enough to be sold. Each cage can hold tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of fish, depending upon the size of the cage. You can actually see some of the cages that have not yet been submerged, and are being built. Typically, the fish are then transferred into huge nets that attach to the bottom of boats that can sail the 300 kilometers to Saigon, where the fresh fish are then sold. It is ingenious. We were told that building one of these fish farms costs $50k to $100k, which includes the cost of the farm that sits below the water, and the build above the water that is also used for living quarters.

      Side by side with these fish farms sit traditional nets that are used to pull fish up each evening, small houses in which people live, and houseboats that float along with the tides. The contrast in the lives being lived along the Delta are completely reflective of the contrasts in Vietnamese society — people striving and succeeding, next to people who are barely getting by.
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    Huyện Lấp Vò, Huyen Lap Vo, Lấp Vò District

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