Can Tho18 avr. 2015
This morning, after breakfast, we leave Saigon to go to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta by taking a taxi and two buses. We drive the 200 km in less than 4 hours :-)
We leave our bags at the hotel and go to visit the city. Can Tho is the biggest city of Mekong Delta with 1,2 million inhabitants. We walk along the Mekong River (very pleasant) and are approached by several people selling boat trips to the floating markets. We visit the beautiful Ong Pagoda and take a photo of Ho Chi Minh.
Then, we are accosted by a 15-year-old boy, Tri, who wants to practise English with foreigners. Gladly, we start to speak with him about different things and then ask him if he knows the price for a boat trip. And all of a sudden, a woman who is following us since we are walking along the Mekong River started to talk badly to Tri in Vietnamese. Apparently, she doesn't want him to talk about boat trip as he isn't in the business and could give us the right price... The situation is very awkward and Tri is feeling bad and tells us he is scared! We keep talking but the woman is still here listening to us. So, we start to walk and on the other side of the road is another woman on a motorbike calling Tri to come. They are speaking in Vietnamese and Tri looks very bad. When he comes back, he doesn't say much but tells us that he has to go and leaves... We are sickened by what just happened. This is really awkward, bizarre and we are not sure we understood it all... A highly motivated and promising kid just got stopped by greedy people (or communism is behind it), unbelievable!
Still shocked, we keep walking around, have a delicious sugar cane drink, eat a Vietnamese pizza, walk among a market, see the sunset and eat a Banh Cuon Nuong (very good) and pancakes with chocolate. In the meantime, Jeremie gets a little girl terrified (probably because of the beard), so cute, and we finally walk back to the hotel.