Hẹn Gặp Lại Vietnam!

After more than 72 hours in the United States, I’ve slowly become adjusted to my normal way of living again. No more photos, no more pointing, and not nearly as many inquisitive stares. As much as I found the attention to be flattering, it’s been nice to go to the grocery store without someone taking…

Day 13: Tạm Biệt Saigon – 5/19/19 (Wait Why Am I Still Here?)

            After this amazing trip, I wanted to reflect on my experience and how it has shaped me. Overall, this trip has given me a whole new perspective through which to see the world. I have never experienced a city like Ho Chi Minh City before. With its charming mix of new high rises and…

The Magnificent Mekong

               Today was somewhat of a change of pace as we spent the day traveling through the Mekong Delta. We first took a boat across the river to a smaller island. Here, we got to try tropical fruits and hear traditional music of the region. Afterwards, we got to try tea made with locally produced…

A Day in the Delta

The morning part of the day was filled with a bus ride that took about an hour and a half to two hours. Although this was somewhat long, the drive was worth it, as we were able to spend the day in the Mekong Delta.             Before travelling to Vietnam, we learned a lot about…

Ally Koda: Python tamer 5/16/19

I’m just going to say this upfront, today was my favorite day. The Mekong Delta was always a discussion priority in the weeks leading up to our Plus3 trip. The Mekong Delta is known as the rice basket of the world because it single handedly produces a majority of the worlds rice crops. That means…

Day 11: MEEEEEEEKKOONNG BABY!!!

Today was my favorite, easily. We trekked all around an area of the Mekong delta and toured a chocolate factory, an organic bee factory, ate lunch on the Mekong, and enjoyed a peaceful day with a slight breeze thus not the usual profuse sweat arriving either. As we first walked around the mini island, I…

Boats, Bees, and a Big Bony Fish

Today was another early morning with a long bus ride to catch up on some Z’s. When we arrived at our destination, we immediately got off the bus and onto a tourism boat to take us out onto the Mekong River. The view from the river onto the shoreline was gorgeous, but the water was…

Day 11: Small Boats and Big Snakes

Today we traveled to the Mekong Delta to experience what it was like to live in a less developed area of the country. The min reason it is less developed is because it is the center for farming and fishing in the country due to the geographical location. Since this area is less developed than…

The most anticipated day

Finally, it’s our day to go to the Mekong Delta! This was the most anticipated day for me, and I could not wait to start the day as we loaded the bus. We exited the busy city and rode around two hours to the Mekong Delta where we loaded a boat and started our amazing…

Slithering Success

Our final adventure had us on the bus at 8 this morning. We began the trek south from the city to the Mekong River Delta region. The delta is critical to the production of food, fish, and other resources in Vietnam. The soil is incredibly fertile, which is due to the sediments in the river….

Today had us Swamped

Today began with yet another trip outside the city to the Mekong Delta. We took our bus directly to the river side where we then boarded a boat to visit multiple islands among the delta. We began our tour at a small farm where people grew rice and different kinds of fruit to sell.              …

Big Day on the Delta

              After another long bus ride this morning we arrived at the Mekong Delta, one of the most important locations in all of Vietnam as it produces a lot of the agricultural products that are exported from the country. In the delta we got to go to a few different islands. On the first one…

Day 11-Gloating about Boating

Today had another early start, as we had to drive quite far this morning in order to get to the Mekong Delta. Once we arrived, we embarked on our boat tour, filing into an adequately sized, roofed boat. As we were getting on the boats, I felt a little nervous, as it was rocking quite…

Cruising Down the Mekong River

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…

Snakes on a…Boat?

Today we got to enjoy a boat/walking tour in the Mekong Delta to see the process of how some of the areas many exports are made and try some of the products. We got to enjoy many of the local experiences, including trying a plethora of fruits varying from pineapples and mini bananas all the…

Sing Along in the Mekong

Today we took a day trip to visit the Mekong Delta. From the mainland, we traveled on a boat to visit the other islands in the Mekong and see their culture. On the first island, we tried various fruits I’ve never seen before and got to listen to cultural music. We also got to try…

The Me(ade)kong Delta

Day eleven was our long-awaited trip to the Mekong Delta, a little over an hour and a half from our hotel. We applied numerous layers of bug spray, drank lots of water, and boarded the bus at around 8am. I always find myself intrigued by the sight of farmers tending their rice fields. The thought…

Me and the Mekong

Day 11: 5.16.19 Today was the long awaited day trip to the Mekong Delta, arguably the experience that gave us the biggest culture shock yet. They had mentioned in lectures that the difference between generations was astounding but seeing it in person was even crazier. I saw a child playing a game on his iPhone…

Mekong Delta Adventure

I felt like Indiana Jones today. Our whole day was spent exploring and learning about the Mekong Delta, located here: It is the top agricultural center of Vietnam. Most of Vietnam’s rice comes from this area, and it is a powerhouse for rural production. The land is also holds deep cultural roots in the form…

Coconuts and a new scaly pal

The first thing I did after leaving the bus this morning was coat myself in sunscreen and bug spray. We were headed to the Mekong Delta, outside the limits of Ho Chi Minh City and a trip I’ve been looking forward to since the beginning. It lived up to expectations! In no particular order, today…