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I guess you could call this blog post the sequel to Hochiminh City. We drove from the city to the country side and stayed for a couple of days. We had the best time ever (inspite of the fact that one or two creepy crawlies came my way). I hope you enjoy reading my experience 😄.
So it was about a two and a half, three hour drive from the city to the country side. I personally hate long car drives, but it wasn’t too bad as I slept for most of the journey. So… I missed the transition from buildings and concrete roads to fields and muddy paths. Oh Well!
We got to the Cai Be Harbour which is where we left the car and got on a boat that took us to the Mekong Lodge (the hotel/ resort) where we stayed. The boat ride there itself was so refreshing and uplifting with the strong and cool wind.
We got to our resort in a short while and it was insane! Our rooms which were mini bungalows were facing the lake and we had our own private dipping pool! Now this is what I call living! All along the path to the bungalows there were love apple trees which were overflowing with fruit that we could just pick and eat endlessly.
After a delicious lunch which consisted of a seven course meal, they would take us on bike rides for a tour of the Tân Phong island. It was approximately a two hour long ride along the village paths and every minute of the ride was so enjoyable. The beautiful scenery, the fresh air and just the change in setting from the hustle and bustle of the city was so lovely!
We visited the floating market, the handicraft village and the Cai Be Market on land. I was shocked at what I saw in the market. Omg! You probably don’t want to or need to know about this but… It is my experience after all a think I want to share it with you. They were skinning frogs alive! Omg! The poor things were jumping, trying to free themselves while people were skinning them. Arghh! So torturous ): Too grossed out? Okay let’s move on…
Apart from that everything was super cool and very fascinating. I was most intrigued by the floating markets. Vendors would come every morning on their BOATS and sell their goods. It’s like a normal wholesale market I guess but on water, which is what makes it so incredibly COOL! Just the fact that it’s not done in the normal boring fashion is what draws people’s attention and interest. As is the case with everything done. It’s like I always say, “Embrace your uniqueness and NEVER EVER be normal.”
Our evenings were also filled with fun activities. We had a cooking class. They taught us how to make a few Vietnamese dishes and the best part is they gave us a print out of the recipe to take home with us which is super helpful. We also learned how to do vegetable carving and André’s mum bought a set of the carving knives. That was super fun! There was never a moment in this place when we ever felt even the slightest bit of boredom. This place is completely Eco Friendly which means there was no Television and no WiFi in our rooms and it didn’t bother us at all.
So this concludes our stay at the Mekong Lodge. It was short, sweet and a lot of fun!!!! We had a huge variety of fresh fruits for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So besides being insanely fun, we were being insanely healthy too 😉. Thanks for sticking till the end. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it for you’ll. Do share this with friends and family and follow me so that you are notified each time I upload a new blog post. Love you.
Picture Credits: André Fernandes ; Instagram: @andrefernandes1994 (Go show him some love ☺️).