Mekong Delta Cruise on G Adventures/Turkish Airlines Fam
8th October 2017 - 8:17pm
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) reports directly from South East Asia from this mega trip, co-hosted by Alper Sean Hackett (Sales & Marketing Turkish Airlines) and John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures). A wonderful meal last night, hosted by G Adventures, saw us on the 14th floor in Lemon Grass restaurant, which is voted amongst Asia’s top 101 restaurants. The adventure continues this morning with a boat trip on the Mekong Delta as we pass through villages and float by islands to see and experience local life and colour. A cruise on the Mekong is truly an iconic experience.
We visit Coconut Island and Unicorn Island and eat tropical fruits, drink local tea and listen to traditional music. We experience the husking of coconuts, a mini manufacturing candy process and, naturally, purchase some coconut products. Other by-products from the local apiary – royal jelly, honey tea and banana wine – are sampled; then a bit of ‘snaky’ business is attended to with a spot of python holding. Well after all, when in Vietnam!..... Then we board flat boats and row through the narrow canals lined with banana palms and bamboo fronds. It was completely tranquil until we’re told to keep our hands in the boat – crocs and snakes in the water! On terra firma again, we set off on a tuk tuk ride around the island. Not sure who was more terrified – passengers or innocent locals on the roadside! Off to the night market later where some negotiating skills may need to be honed. Tomorrow, we cross the border into Cambodia where another harrowing history is due to unfold and the prospect of Anghor Wat is on the doorstep.
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