Vietnam – Mekong River Expedition

There’s nothing like a trip to South East Asia during the cooler months in North America.  I started this trip by spending a couple of days in the city of Ho Chi Minh, allowing me a chance to adjust to the time change while exploring.  While I was in the city, I took a cooking class and learned how to prepare some delicious local dishes.  I also visited some war memorials and museums from the Vietnam War era, which is known in Vietnam as the American War.

After a few days in Ho Chi Minh city, it was time to board a riverboat and begin my journey up the Mekong River, en route to Siem Reap, Cambodia.  Sunset on the Mekong this evening was spectacular.  As you can see in the photo below, the Mekong is heavily used for industrial transportation.

Along with many fascinating stops along the way, I stopped at this little town, known for hand-crafted boats, and got a demonstration on the art of building wooden boats.

Man traveling up river to cash in on his bounty of recycled bottles.

Life along the Mekong takes many forms, ranging from very modern to primitive, but, in general, the people in this region of the world are among  the happiest I have ever encountered.

After several stops at local villages, I proceeded north to cross the border into Cambodia at Chau Doc.  See my post on Cambodia for more on this river expedition in Cambodia.