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Up and Down in VietnamAuthor: Brian W Fisher (More Trip Reviews by Brian W Fisher)
Date of Trip: November 2013
One delightful hour passed too quickly as a Vietnamese woman stood behind me paddling a sampan as I sat clicking the shutter of my Nikon between periods of taking video recordings of the winding tributary that meandered through dense woodland. A truly magical journey through time and nature.
On the river's wider expanses, entire villages such as the colourful Cai Rang Floating Market bustle with activity, its inhabitants jostling for trade and 'advertising' their particular speciality by crying out across the water. If its grown, caught, reared or exchanged, then it's available.
As do all travellers, I headed out from my hotel each night to sample what gastronomic delicacies awaited – and I wasn't disappointed. Eating establishments of all classes were ready to cater for most tastes, although I stuck religiously to those offering mouthwatering Vietnamese dishes accompanied by glasses of ice-cold local beer. Prices were more than reasonable everywhere, whether shopping for souvenirs, a haircut, a meal or snack or a bed for the night.
My 14 day tour of Vietnam had come to an end. With the exception of Nha Trang, it had been memorable, enjoyable, entertaining and thoroughly worthwhile.
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