Had a short night, arrived at (new) home very late, had an unpleasant sleep and was still up at 6am. Went for breakfast, had eggs with sandwich (staying now in a hostel in Saigon, they only give you two local options to choose from, other was fried rice). Was ok with a coffee.
Problem that day was that I head a terrible headache due to spending the whole day before at the airport in ac and drinking to few water. Started already in the morning with refilling my body, after breakfast I already had my first liter of water consumed.
Had already a tour booked for Mekong Delta, was picked up by a girl shortly after 8am.
She asked me where I am from, told here Austria, oh, Australia. No, Austria, oh Australia. My host explained in Vietnamese, still she was fascinated that I am from Australia and there is even another guy from Australia on the bus. Had booked the more expensive version of this day trip (still only around 30 euro), meaning max. 9 people on the bus, giving you at least some space and smaller buses. Was the last to be picked up, already 7 people in the bus, so ok.
Went after a two drive first to vinh trang pagoda. Was ok, a pagoda.
Spoke to the other Austrian man, around 30-35 of age, 120kg, typical tourist. Learned that he is travelling for 3 months through South east Asia, was wondering how he survived the first month already. He was smoking electronic cigarette in the bus, on the way back he opened his window so the others complained as the AC was not working with that, … noticed then that he obviously was fired in his last job as developer and now waits for the start of summer term at University to do some courses. He was talking to a young American, had not travelled much in his life as he always had stupid questions about us and other countries (eg was quite surprised that the us boy moved to another us city for working, is this common in your country?) Nonetheless I was happy that he annoyed him instead of me (also the us guy was not happy with him at all, tried then to pretend he is sleeping, didn’t care about that and still questioned him with stupid things …)
Then we headed for the Mekong Delta.
Arrived there and boarded a boat, more or less for crossing the river.and went on coconut island.
There we were first introduced to the local fruits.
From there we had a horse carriage for about 5 minutes to a small inland canal where they rowed us in local boats for the next 10 minutes.
Next stop was coconut chocolate production. Learned how you come from a fresh coconut to chocolate (more or less coconut sirup, have seen a better demonstration about that in domenican republic). A short stop for local tea sweetened with local honey.
From there a short boat ride to lunch. Was at a crodile farm.
Lunch was ok, afterwards you could stroll around and to crocodile fishing (they bind a fish on a stick and you could then put this in front of the crocodiles in the small water hole) Spared that and lay in a hammock instead (did this last time in Honduras, also nice memories)
And that was basically it, where brought back by boat to the bus.
There the guide informed us that we will have 2 additional passengers (two old us ladies, each min. 120 kg). I immediately complained asking if I get a refund because I booked a tour with Max. 9 people (with them we would have been 10 and the bus would be more than full). First she told me she knows nothing about this max. 9 people, as I told here to give me a writing stating we have now 10 people she called her manager for assistance. Obviously the manager knew the max group size as the ladies had to step out of the bus (and probably she lost her extra money, I don’t care, I am here on holidays and pay for me luxury)
Arrived back at the hostel around 5 pm.
Went for a quick shower, found a banh mi stall close to the hostel for a quick evening snack and went to a local restaurant 2 minutes from my hostel for a beer (ok, were 2 in the end).
Back home, had another beer on my balcony, wrote blog and went for an early sleep before 9pm as I was still exhausted from the previous day and the short night.