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Along Mekong River

... just a prologue of the 2-Days-1-Night Tour along Mekong Delta up to Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

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Mekong River, September 2nd 2011

Today is Vietnam’s Independence Day. Vietnam declared independence from French in 1945. However, that was just the beginning of chaos. As we all know, until the 1980’s Vietnam was still a sorry country. North Vietnam and South Vietnam reunited in 1975, but it wasn’t at all like turning a hand. Vietnam started to pull herself together in the 1990’s.

Before I started this trip, I had been wondering what Independence Day in Vietnam would be like. I had expected something like in my country, or even more. Considering the prolonged hardship, cruelty, brutality, you name it, Vietnam had gone through, I thought Vietnam ought to make a big, big, huge celebration.

On the contrary, to my huge surprise, there seemed nothing as such. Let alone parades. Even flags weren’t everywhere seen. I asked a fellow Vietnamese tourist, why. I told her that in my country, flags would be hanging everywhere, on the street, at every house, every office, and every building. “So was it when I was in Singapore and Malaysia who both have recently celebrated their Independence Day on August 9th and August 31st,” I told her.

Although this fellow Vietnamese tourist spoke English fluently, I wonder whether she understood what I meant. She just smiled and shook her head. Her look was as if wondering, instead, “Why should we hang flags?”

I tried to answer the question myself: Maybe because September 2nd 1945 wasn’t really the moment of victory. Or, instead of focusing minds on celebrating the past, these people are too preoccupied by building the future.

“Its economic growth has been among the highest in the world since 2000,” states Wikipedia. Yes, there are some ‘however’s. However, fact is fact, isn’t it?

To everyone who can’t stop wondering why I seem to be so Vietnam, I tell you, I adore Vietnam. I adore them for all they have gone through plus what they are now.

I took a 2D1N tour from The Sinh Tourist which starts in Sai Gon and ends in Phnom Penh. We will stay overnight in Chao Doc, the border city of Vietnam and Cambodia. I paid 52,84 USD including all transportation, accommodation, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, and tour guide.

On the left is our tour guide and on the right is our ‘sailorman’.

This is what the boat looks like.

And this, is Mekong River. We passed the floating market. Unfortunately, we left Sai Gon a bit too late, thus the market was almost over. Well, I didn’t regret that, because I’ve seen the floating market already in 2010. I still admired Mekong River, though. The more I learn about Mekong River, the more my admiration for it actually grows.

When the ice on the Tibetan Plateau – the roof of the world – melted and flew into China, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, GOD revealed how much he cared.

This is actually just a prologue of the whole 2-Days-1-Night Tour along Mekong Delta up to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Stay tuned!

Posted by automidori 01:35 Archived in Vietnam Tagged vietnam mekong_river the_sinh_tourist

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