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Mekong Delta

January 24th

After leaving My Tho I rode to Ben Tre, then barge to Tra Vinh then rode to Soc Trang, rode to Can Tho, then today rode to Vi Thanh. I have been using Google maps for navigating using the walking option to choose the route. This has worked very well and except for the bigger cities the traffic has been manageable. Many of the roads have been narrow basically made for motor bikes and sometimes have turned to dirt paths. There have been a few times when the river or canal has been crossed on a barge or ferry.

I think I now understand why the river is the main mode of transportation for produce. There are now bridges connecting many of the major cities, but as soon as you get off the main roads, many of the connecting roads are just wide enough for motor bikes. So if you have a farm in these areas it quite likely borders the river or a canal so boat transportation is the best option for getting produce to market.

Accommodation has generally been good. In Ben Tre I stayed at Oasis Hotel, highly recommend right by a Canal $ 38. CAN Per night. In Tra Vinh I stayed at the Gia Hoa Hotel. It was about $20 Can per night. It was OK but I would not recommend it. In Soc Trang I stayed at the Phu Qui Hotel. It was very nice and $19. Can per night. In Can Tho I stayed at the 5 star Ninh Kieu Hotel for $45Can per night. I chose this one as it is used by the bike touring companies and I was curious what people stayed at on those somewhat expensive tours. It was very nice but a bit sterile for my taste. Tonight I am staying at the somewhat less fancy Thanh Kuan hotel for about $9.can per night.

Tomorrow I will finish off the delta and end up on the coast at Rach Gia. It is two days till the Vietnam Tet holiday so I think I am well positioned to bounce into Cambodia if it becomes unmanageable here, but my goal is to take a boat over to Pho Quoc Island first before Cambodia.

I am writing this on a tablet that has the habit of second guessing what I am trying to say. I make an effort to pick up the things that don't make sense but if I missed some, it is the tablet not me.

Posted by wwrobinson 03:33

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Hello Wayne,

I am enjoying following your travels. The route is quite a challenging one and quite interesting. Do you have some pictures to post? Please do if you can.
Do look up Kanha in Siem Reap if you can. She just returned from India. My daughter is there today. Say hello to Kanha from Gail ( me), who volunteered at JWOL

by Annieseabreeze

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