Today, we got to visit a rare geographic region in South Vietnam, the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta is located where the Mekong River flows into the East Sea of Vietnam, and is home to over 1,000 animal species. The tour started as we got on the boat after a 2-hour drive, and we started to cruise down the Mekong River to visit our first island. At the island, we got to try the local fruits, honey products, and chocolates that are produced by the residents. Since these products are processed with hands rather than robots, I thought they would be less consistent, but they were actually very high quality and delicious. Then, we went to see a giant python where everyone put it around their neck only to take a picture and pretend like they are not frightened. Even though I was shaking when it started to coil up my whole body, it really was a memorable experience that I will never forget. Then we took the boat to the other island where we learned how to process coconuts and make coconut products such as coconut milk and coconut oil. It was interesting to see how development of technology has impacted the locals’ lives and increased work efficiency. After the coconut factory, we got to ride the small boats in a jungle rowed by native boatmen.
Overall, this trip to the Mekong Delta was very interesting, as I got to see the opposite side of a rapid developing country. Even though people living in big cities like Ho Chi Minh City have high standards of living, people in rural areas like this are still keeping the tradition with less use of modern technology. This last site visit in Vietnam was a fun, interesting, and exceptional one that I will remember forever.