Happy Travel Tuesday!
Before I dive into our last two outings from our trip I want to share a special offer that has been extended to my readers.
Last week, I talked about our wonderful experience with Endeavor Vietnam (not sponsored, just really loved it) and Jack e-mailed me over the weekend to let me know he is offering a $500 discount on his next trip to Ho Chi Minh from January 9-18th. If you are interested you can sign up or get more information at www.endeavorviet.com/trips and enter the code 1DS5CF to get the discounted rate. The remaining cost is $1995 but includes flights and ten days of accommodation, meals, and activities. I realize this is a little late notice, but if you have the flexibility in your schedule I would encourage you to check it out!
Now back to business, our last two days in Ho Chi Minh were pretty busy starting with a full day tour down the Mekong Delta. This was also arranged in advance by Endeavor and our tickets were given to us the previous day by our companions.
We started the day meeting at the tour guide office and waiting on our bus to arrive (I also left my ray bans at the food stall we were eating at and had to jump off the bus and grab them whoops). The drive to the Delta was a couple hours and was broken up with a pit stop at a giant souvenir/rest stop. We started to realize these are par for the course on large tours.
Once we got to the river we got into groups and boarded the traditional boat and headed down the murky, brown river.
After sailing a while we stopped at the first village. We were greeted by a local woman making rice paper, so we stopped to watch the process for a while (and Trav helped out).
We explored the beautiful island before stopping for a delicious lunch in the local restaurant. Afterwards we visited the local shops and our tour guide made me uncomfortable by testing out the back massager on me.
At this village we got to see a bee farm where many honey products were made, and once again Travis volunteered himself and got to hold the hive.
We enjoyed some honey tea and live music before taking a horse ride back to the boats. This was the end of our trip and we were apparently not feeling very snap happy because we did not photograph any of this unfortunately. But I assure you, it did really happen.
The following day was our last day in Vietnam, since we weren’t flying out until the evening we made use of our time and scheduled a morning half day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
I explained in my previous post about the anti-American sentiment at the War Remnants Museum. The tunnels were no different and there was constant reference to how Americans were trapped, killed and tortured. I am not going to lie, we felt a little uncomfortable being the only Americans in our tour group. Once again we were pretty pooped at this point and we didn’t get too many pictures.
The tour and place itself was interesting all be it a little disturbing, and you definitely do not need more than a few hours there. Thanks again to Endeavor for setting up all our tours for us on this leg of the trip!