Took a day trip about 40 kilometers out of Can Tho it was a nice day (But needed to get out of that city) wile riding on my friends motor bike, we came across a nice Monkey Bridge mad of bamboo. Most of these have been replaced by concrete bridges to accommodate motor bikes, these days. So my friend walked out on the bridg as I took her picture. In the past they where used every were traditionally in Vietnam for crossing canals.
On the way we spotted a women selling Ice Cream to little boy,I took their pic .
Another time took a 3 day trip to the beach, on the way we saw some fising boats on the river by the sea. At the beach there was a Buddhist temple in a cave by the sea.
On the way into Cantho, I noticed this very atmospheric pagoda from the bus and hoped I’d be able to find it during our short stay. It was too dark that evening but I noticed it was very close to the place we ate dinner, and that made it close enough to our hotel to make a morning visit before our bus left town. After three weeks of less than impressive Vietnamese architecture, this Khmer influenced compound seemed a thing of exquisite beauty. Early in the morning, we had the grounds to ourselves until some Khmer monks arrived and were surprised to find us already investigating their world. You can find it on Hoa Binh in Cantho.
Cham people live in Cham only villages and life revolves around fishing and small scale farming, especially of onions. It is a simple but seemingly idyllic life. The Cham are traditionally Muslims and it was a pleasant surprise to find this austere mosque just behind the simple village.
It would be difficult to visit a Cham village on your own so even if you traveled to the Mekong Delta on your own, you would most likely have to hire a guide to do something like this. Though I initially thought it would be very touristy, I was surprised to find the villagers anything but. Not only did they not beg for money, they were quite civilized in their behavior about selling you things produced there. The kids were very cute and if anything shy, a very nice departure from the “bon-bon, pen. Mister” mentality you find in similar villages elsewhere in the third world.