Leaving behind the craziness that is Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the quaint nature of the Mekong delta was a welcome change.
The mighty Mekong from above
A few hours south of the city will take you there and since this was a part of a Contiki tour I did while I was a travel agent, it was all organised.
Which means sadly I don’t even remember the name of the place we stayed because it was a homestay experience, but there are many available in this region if you want to organise one yourself.
The family even had a pet snake that we had a chance to hold!
The dinner that was put on was lovely too, we even sampled snake (not the same one!) and rat. Yep, rat.
Earlier that day our group went for a tour around a local village near where we stayed and got to see how some sweet rice treats are made.
We also sampled some traditional alcohol (read, almost pure alcohol) which seemed to be put often in containers with various critters but I feel like this is probably more just a tourist gimmick.
Next up was a lunch stop and although it first kind of shocked us to get an entire fish served up – it was so tasty and flaky underneath!
To get to our guesthouse we went by traditional small boat which was a lot of fun.
Buying a conical hat for the journey was hard to resist beforehand!
Along the way we spotted a few kids here and there just going about their afternoons – they were so cute!
The fruit in Vietnam is also much tastier than back home and it was the first time I tried dragonfruit – I really enjoyed it!
On the way back to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) we went past the Cu Chi tunnels.
A really interesting stop to learn more about the Vietnam War, the Cu Chi tunnels are a massive underground network used by the Viet Cong for sneak attacks against the Americans.
The tunnels were also used as means to transport supplies.
Seeing some of the hidden booby traps that were set up during the war was fascinating and the pain in which you would’ve felt if you’d had been unlucky enough to fall into one must’ve been unimaginable.
There’s also a shooting range so you can have a go firing some heavy machinery if you wish!