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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mekong Delta Impressions

My Tho and the islands
in the Mekong

See the locations on My Tho Google Map

My Tho lies on the northern bank of the Mekong River and offers boat tours to islands as Dragon Island (Con Tan Long), Phoenix Island (Con Phung), Tortoise (Con Quy) and Unicorn (Con Thoi Son), where you find fruit orchards, bee farms or coconut candy production. Unicorn has small canals, where your boat guide rowes you through the palms on both sides.

The Cao Dai Temple Thanh That:

Picture © marhas1

Picture © marhas1

Picture © Charles Fred

Picture © Charles Fred

Vinh Trang Pagoda:

Picture © Kate

Picture © vicguinda

Picture © Chin

Rach Mieu Ferry:

Picture © hung


Vendor relaxing on the fruit market, picture © oliverlaumann

Picture © onopko

Picture © onopko

Boat trip to the islands:

View from the boat pier, with Tan Long Island in the background, picture © marhas1

Opened in 2009: the Cau Rach Bridge from My Tho to Ben Tre, picture © marhas1

Flower on Phoenix Island (Con Phung), picture © marhas1

More flowers, picture © marhas1

And what the bees produced from the flowers on Phoenix Island: honey. Picture © marhas1

A small shopping lane, picture © marhas1

What grows in orchards in the Mekong Delta: fruits. Picture © marhas1

Whar's inside? Honey in the yellow one. Picture © marhas1

Coconuts up there. Picture © marhas1

Riding on a horse carriage. Picture © marhas1

This crocodile we would not like to meet in a canal. Picture © marhas1

Crocodiles escaping from crocodile farms are worrying people in the Mekong Delta, as VietNamNet reported. But we don't worry and decide for a ride on one of these sampans.

Picture © marhas1

Picture © marhas1

Picture © marhas1

A very special open-air sanctuary on Phoenix Island. Picture © marhas1

The sanctuary on Phoenix Island reminds of a community led by the Coconut Monk (Ong Dao Dua), even a Apollo Rocket among Buddhist statues is part of the sanctuary. His religion, Tinh Do Cu Si, was a mix of Buddhism and Christianity. He claimed to have the key for peace during the Vietnam war. He died in 1990. Read an article in Vietnam Magazine from 1974.

Read also the blog about the Thoi Son Island Walk by Dan Friesen and a story of VietNamNet Bridge about the development of tourism on Thoi Son.

Hotels in My Tho

Cong Doan Hotel: Poorer rooms than other hotels, notes travelfish.org

Huong Duong Hotel: Great views over the river, good review on travelfish.org

Minh Quan Hotel: 69 30/4 Street. On the river, "definitely the nicest" in My Tho, comments chisana on tripadvisor.com

Minh Tai Hotel: Good reviews on tripadvisor.com.

Rang Dong Mini Hotel: Mixed review on travelfish.org.See picture by joshuaphoto.

Song Tien Hotel: "Go for a higher room to escape some of the traffic noise", advises travelfish.org.

Song Tien Hotel. Picture © KatLesh

Thoi Son Raas Resort: Read more on Facebook. The Miss World contest for 2010 will be held here.

More impressions from My Tho: Nice blog by ex-students. And see pictures from My Tho Market. More information about Tien Giang Province.

More destinations in the Mekong Delta:

Vinh Long and the orchards of An Binh
Cai Be and its floating market
Can Tho and its floating market
Sa Dec and Marguerite Duras

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