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A Glimpse of Long Xuyen

and the rickshaw.

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Long Xuyen, September 2nd 2011

It was a 3-hour-ride on a mini bus (van) from Vinh Long to Long Xuyen, the second largest city in Mekong.

"And the first biggest one is? Can Tho?" I asked my tour guide.

"Yes, that's right," he confirmed.

Yippee! I've been to Can Tho, too. I even stayed overnight there.

Our bus is about to board a ferry to get across Mekong River.

Now, I do see flags hanging everywhere. Now, I do feel the euphoria of celebrating Independence Day. I can't cease to wonder, why it wasn't like this in Sai Gon and all through the way until we entered Long Xuyen?

It's blurry. Yes, I know. I just want to show the red Vietnamese flags lining up along the street. It wouldn't have been a unique thing to me if I had experienced the same since the morning I woke up to Vietnam's Independence Day, September 2, in Sai Gon.

Looks like a nice place... to me.

We stopped by at 2 popular temples. The first one, the biggest, was kind of a floating temple for part of it literally flew on Mekong River.

I was more interested to explore the streets, though. Al fresco dining, as in all Vietnam, existed here nevertheless. However, the chairs aren't as short as the ones I used to see elsewhere. If you are a Vietnam-frequent-flyer like me, you must notice that :P

And this! It's not also like the other rickshaws I've seen in other places of Vietnam. The driver drives in front of the passenger. And the back seat is quite low. I think this is a ride better to enjoy the sky, instead of the city itself. Don't you think so?

There were many rickshaws waiting in front of the temple and offering a city tour.

When we arrived in Cau Doc later that noon, a Vietnamese family from my tour group offered me to join them for a short city tour on this kind of rickshaw. The fare wasn't much, but I feared I might still need my dongs for I would still have another half day in Vietnam before arriving in Cambodia. Besides, I had started to feel worn out and would like to immediately have a shower and throw myself to bed. But before that, I would have to call Mom, or else she might not be able to put herself to sleep.

I somehow regret now that I didn't push myself to try this unique rickshaw. It would have been a plus to the whole essence of traveling by any means, which means traveling by any means of transportation.

Posted by automidori 06:28 Archived in Vietnam Tagged vietnam long_xuyen

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