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If kids are out to have fun... instead of coming to tourists and selling them postcards or souvenirs, then in my opinion the place is not yet too touristy and thus worth visiting. During the whole trip, no kid tried to sell us anything.
Along one of the canals we came upon two kids, fully dressed, having fun in a brownish canal water... swimming and enjoying being transported by the stream. They looked happy and did not carethat we were there. Their games came before "money-making", which is always a refreshing sight.
Updated Jul 26, 2007
What has in common to those dangerous escapes like climbings the Berlin Wall over to the West, or crossings the DMZ of The North to the South of Korea or taking a boat escape out of Vietnam after 1975 when the South fell into the hands of North Communists?
Mytho boat trip or Mekong Delta boat trip has haulted and reminds me of what happened 29 years ago when I and my family tried to leave Communist Regime for freedom.
It is a matter of freedom or death to escape out of Vietnam.
Right after the North Communist took over the South, every one was emeny or criminals. Over hundred of thousands of former solder of the South were imprisoned into somthing called "Reeducation Camp", their homes were confisticated and their families were sent to "New Economy Zone" which literally is unhabitant places.
There was no Maoist "People Court" happend like in the North Vietnam during 1954-1956 or mass killings like "The Killing Fields" in Cambodia, but slowing, secrectly, silently and systematically people of the South Vietnam were exterminating by the hand of people who are same race and nationality. Communism's ideaology and hadreds by propogandas have drove the North "victorous" communist crazy.
No choice our family must leave Vietnam.
Exactly the same canals and river mouths where you spend time to have fun with, we have hidden and lived there for days in order to escape.....
(to be continued)
Updated Apr 9, 2008
As with any tourist areas around the world, traders jack up their prices for unsuspecting tourist. Example here is the coconut candy which they make it in front of tourist and then sell for 20,000 VND for a 200 gram pack while in the supermarkets in sai gon, a 250 gram coconut candy costs 7,800 VND and a 375 mg candy at 10,500 VND and the largest at 450 mg at only 11,800 VND! what more for the snake wine, honey, rice wine and others!
Unique Suggestions: Just buy the products unique to the mekong delta like a small amount of dried fruits or cornucopia like postcards or paperweights with mekong delta pictures.
Fun Alternatives: buy the other products at Citimart Supermarket in Sai Gon!
Written Sep 27, 2007