Asia Culture Non classé Vietnam

Vietnam : Day 14 “The 3 Islands”

We got up at 8am to catch a bus to get to the Mekong river, the biggest river in the world. At 4500 km from Tibet to Vietnam, this river crosses through 6 different countries such as China, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and of course, Vietnam.

We had a day tour to visit 3 islands, Mytho Island, Bentre Island, and Cantho Island. All were located just before the Mekong Delta. Just before we had a break, we went to a fabric factory and there they produced all different kinds of items using bamboo fiber. Towels, PJ’s, pullovers, underwear, etc.

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I couldn’t help but think… do I really need a hypoallergenic bamboo micro-fibre underwear?  F*ck yes! My behind is gonna be caressed by the soft breeze.😄

We headede for Mytho Island. From the start, I could smell the tourist trap again. Massive tourist groups, motor boats ready to give people a lift to and fro the island. It started to rain. Just my luck. We took a yellow boat and sailed on the river.

When we arrived at the island we were introduced to the local product – honey, tea from the royal jelly? WTF? idk.. Although the honey venders were a bit pushy, it was pretty good.

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The next island was Bentre. There, we were introduced to their boozy coconut whisky pastry. That was like the best part of my day trip there. I think we can all agree with that. We learned how to skin a coconut with a spear.  It looked pretty complicated. The spear was erected from the ground and you had to shave the coconut against the sharp point. After the shavings come off, they go in a mix of rice doe, smashing it, and fry it in a pan with water, and of course, whiskey. And if requested, nuts are available as well.

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As a result, you’ll get this nice thick paste that smelled very good. They’ll cut the thick paste into long strips and then cut them into squares. Well, it’s not exactly a pastry but more like a sweet doughy square cracker. Sounds strange but it’s tasty.

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