After getting to the biggest city in Vietnam at brake -neck speed thanks toa suicidal minibus driver we immiediatly made plans to leave again. We thought we'd squeeze in one more destination and visit the Mekong Delta, an area (as well as being famous for being bombed) which is really fertile and grows more rice and coconuts that Vietnam can consume. Once off the tourist trail in Vietnam things become harder work, we walked across the city to one bus station only to be put on a bus to another station. Eventually we found the right minibus and made it to Ben Tre, a small delta town famous for produce the best 'Coconut Candy'. It's delicious but our pack contained another type which was flavoured with what's got to be the smelliest fruit in the world, Durian. Disgusting.
Without another westerner in sight (we decided on a town which was off the tour groups agendas) we ate at the food stalls and did our best to decipher the menu. Anyway, we think we got pork, not dog.
The next morning we hired a boat out to take us to explore the small canals throughout the delta. At one point it was so narrow we had to push ourselves along with the bamboo on either side. We stopped at a coconut farm, drank coconut juice and watched in awe at possibly the strongest old man we'd ever seen rip the husks off coconuts with his bare hands! A slow trip back again upriver and back to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) for a trip to the war remnants museum (which was very enlightening) and the cinema of course.
Vietnam and mainland South East Asia is over and for our last month it's off to Indonesia, first stop, Bali.