Visiting villages along the Mekong Delta
Whilst river cruising with AmaWaterways from Cambodia to Vietnam we stopped off at Evergreen Island.
It is in rural Vietnam and the only tourists the islanders see are the weekly visitors from the Amadara. The people were incredibly friendly with ready smiles and big waves for us all. Their houses are all on stilts due to the potential flooding of the area but are all very clean but without doors and windows. They each have a picture near the entrance depicting their religion, mostly Buddhism in this area.
On passing a local cafe a local lady called us over to join her at the table and got her son to put chairs all round for us. Unfortunately we couldn't stay as time was of essence but it demonstrates their friendliness and hospitality. Fortunately I had a few sweets in my bag which I handed out to children that came past us. They all smiled and nodded and in fact 2 children said thank you in English!
They grow various crops here, including very hot chillies but their other income is derived from fishing. This was a fascinating visit and a wonderful insight into rural life in Vietnam, much unlike Ho Chi Minh City which is very intense and manic. A great country!
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