mekong eyes

Shoo, crocodile!

They “eyes” have it! Almost every boat in Mekong Delta has eyes like these painted on the bow. And the reason why depends on who you ask, but most will tell you that the eyes are for good luck, a wide-awake crew and safe journeys. It is also said the eyes are useful for scaring away alligators and crocodiles!

Vivid green rice fields behind me.

Over 17 million people live in the Mekong Delta. Life here revolves around the river, and many villages can only be reached by water. The Mekong River is the 10th largest in the world and travels through six countries before emptying in the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam. There are over 1,200 species of fish and this region produces about half of the rice in Vietnam. Unfortunately, for many, the Mekong also brings to mind the Vietnam War as there was intense fighting between the Viet Cong and the U.S. Navy here.

My Mekong journey began in the city of Can Tho aboard the “Mekong Eyes”, an antique rice barge that has been converted into a floating hotel of 15 luxurious cabins.  Amazingly, I was the only passenger for the first night with a crew of ten! I cannot say enough good things about the crew (especially Luan and Son Ca!), the first class accommodations and the delectable food.  Add to this fascinating excursions to villages and floating markets along the way to Cai Be, engaging fellow passengers from around the world, and the warm, hospitable people of the Mekong Delta and you have a recipe for an unforgettable adventure! Don’t take my word for it…check out my Mekong video.

I leave you today with what might just be my favorite photo taken so far in Vietnam. These were the sweetest boys that I met in a remote Mekong village. How cute are they?

Mekong Delta Boys

LOVE to all, Lisa

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