Mekong, Ho Chi Minh City

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    Mekong Delta.
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    My Tho Market.
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    My Tho Market.
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    Snugglin' up to a 2m long Python

    by bpacker Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    Up close and personal with Penelope the Python

    I got up and close and personal to a new Vietnamese friend. Yes, all 2 metres of a HELLUVABIG PYTHON SNAKE!

    This female python, whom I'll call Penelope was put on my shoulders when I visited a honey bee farm in Mekong Delta. Of course, the first sight of Penelope was shocking. I mean, how often do you encounter a 2m long creature with a slithery tongue in Singapore? The only wildlife we'd encounter in the S'pore heartlands are probably cats in heat and the occasional lost poodle.
    Other than staggering around with her weight and knowing darn well I don't have a phobia for snakes anymore, I found out that creatures like Penelope are kept as pets in this region. Mainly for luck and for keeping the rat population down.
    If you're keen to share this lurverly experience, go for an excursion to Mekong Delta. Sinh Cafe tours are pretty well - organised

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    Of Ghosts and Garages in ol' Rex Hotel

    by bpacker Updated Sep 23, 2004

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    The grand dame of HCMC

    I've heard of this grand dame even before I went to HCMC, thanks to my hubby's spooked suppliers.

    These poor sods were the early investors in VN and the only decent (but expensive) hotel at that time was this 4-star joint.

    I guess sacrificing all their children's college funds for the dinghy corridors and the musty carpets must have driven crazy. They reportedly saw strange things at night after checking in.

    I won't elaborate what they were but will go on to say that Rex Hotel has a long history. Do you know it was originally a French garage? It later became a hotel and then the BOQ for American soldiers during the Vietnam War . Its conference room was the scene of the daily press briefings to journalists and by 1976, the announcement by the former North Vietnam of the unification with South Vietnam was announced in the same room.

    Well, I didn't see anything extraordinary when I was there. How can ghosts remain when there is a crazy onslaught of merry makers at the roof top?

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    Ooh La La ! Reptilian Viagra

    by bpacker Updated Sep 19, 2004

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    Bottoms Up to Oh-La-La Snake Wine!

    If you look at the picture carefully, you'll see a baby COBRA grinning at you and swimming in a concoction of yellow wolfberry (chinese herb) wine. Yes, it's drinkable and it's Vietnam's answer to Viagra. And I'll say this for the record, the recipe has not been bought over by Pfizer yet! The locals sip a little of this for after dinner for a little ooh-la-la.
    And when the delicious wine runs out , they'll run to the shop together with their preserved pet snake for more juice.
    Does this appeal to you?
    If it does, you can get a bottle for yourself in Ben Tanh market or during your Mekong Delta excursion. It's guaranteed to bring in a few ooh-la-las.

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    Street Scenes in HCMC

    by bpacker Updated Sep 13, 2004

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    Bridal Shots by the Cathedral

    The most interesting thing about HCMC is the contrasts in cultures. One moment you'll see a cyclo rider in a conical peaked hat, in another you'll see a wedding couple, all decked out in their Western finery, posing by the Cathedral.

    To see more pictures on HCMC's street scenes, check out b'packer's hcmc page

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    Taste Raw Litchi-Scented Honey

    by bpacker Updated Aug 21, 2004

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    Honey Dippin' experience

    How would you like to dip your finger into a gooey honeycomb, complete with swarming bees? This chappie did that to me before way before I could say , " holy mother of all bees.."
    Well, the good news is that I still have my finger and the bees were too engrossed in their sticky dance to bother about a fat projectile destroying their dancefloor.
    Raw, Litchi-scented honey stuck to my fingers and they tasted oh-so-heavenly...The month of May or late April is Litchi-flower bloomin' season and the bees would carry the scent of the flowers to the honey. Hmm, I bought a bottle of this honey later for $2. How could I resist?
    Well if this experience appeals to you, go insure your finger first and sign up for a Mekong Delta trip that includes a visit to a bee farm.

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    Beautiful Gardens

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 25, 2004

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    After the big lunch they serve you can wander around the beautiful gardens. There are many fruit trees and flowers and a couple of caged monkeys who are obviously well used to tourist and perform accordingly.

    Location : Thoi Son (Phung Islands), Mekong Delta

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    Elephant Ear Fish

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 25, 2004

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    This island was well known for fried Elephant Ear Fish - Delicious! This is very much a local delicacy although it originated from Indonesia. Fish farms in the area breed the fish.

    Location : Thoi Son (Phung Islands) Mekong Delta

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    Tropical Fruit

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 25, 2004

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    The Mekong Delta is the main producer of tropical fruit for the country and at one of the fruit orchards we stopped at there was a plentiful array of all kinds of fruit for us to sample. Just the thing on a hot day.

    Location : Thoi Son (Phung Islands), Mekong Delta.

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    Cao Dai Temple in My Tho

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 25, 2004

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    We passed this one heading down to the Mekong Delta. The Cao Dai religion is indigenous to Vietnam and is quite fascinating. Every aspect of Cao Daism reflects the fusion of Eastern and Western philosophies.

    Respected so called 'saints' of the Cao Dai include Joan of Arc, Rene Descartes, William Shakespeare, Victor Hugo, Louis Pasteur, and Lenin.

    Location : My Tho

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    Bullocks

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 25, 2004

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    Bullocks are a common sight on the road and in the fields. The old traditional methods of farming are still upheld. Most of the rice farming is done by hand and bullocks.

    Location : Mekong Delta Area

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    Thoi Son (Phung Islands)

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 24, 2004

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    Thoi Son (Phung Islands) the tropical fruit island - lunch at Trung Luong restaurant for Fried Elephant-eared fish. I can tell you that I wasn't too keen on riding in this little boat (not fussed being that close to the water) and I positioned myself in the middle with both my feet bracing either side of the boat with strict instructions to the others not to move and rock the boat..:-)

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    The Mekong Delta

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 23, 2003

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    Mekong Delta (Song Cuu Long, River of Nine Dragons) is the 'rice bowl' of the South. The urban sprawl ends abruptly and the Mekong begins. This is the most wealthy area of the country.

    The South is well fed by the cultivation of the Mekong Delta. The Mekong river, which originates from Tibetan plateau flowing 4,500 km to Vietnam and to the sea with 9 different branches (nine dragons).

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    My Tho

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 23, 2003

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    My Tho is a Mekong delta town famous for its fruit orchards. It is some 70 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City. Until into the 17th century, My Tho was a town of the Khmer (Cambodians).

    There is a Cao Dai temple there. If you do a tour to the Mekong Delta, you will go through My Tho. I think it's pronounced 'Me Tho'. You pass through some wonderful countryside down in this region.

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    How Paper Rice is Made

    by Aidy_p Updated Apr 28, 2007

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    Steaming Rice Paper
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    One of the stops that we made along the Mekong River was at a Ricer Paper making area. It starts from grinding white rice, processing the ricer paper, and then drying the rice paper.

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    Rice Paper

    by Smallprawn Written Sep 24, 2006
    Drying rice paper under the sun

    In the Mekong Delta tour, we were brought to this place where the locals demonstrated to us how rice papers (used for making spring rolls) are made.

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