Floating Market in Can Tho, Vietnam

Written From… Can Tho, Vietnam

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We had reached Can Tho Vietnam a few days back. The sun welcomed us with its scorching fire. In the heat of the day, we had learned the concept of slow living. Everything we did, we did slowly, breathing deeply the wet air that made up Can Tho’s climate.

Our first sight of the Mekong delta was of depressing brown waters. With a bit of imagination, you could see a sea of milky coffee. Really, it was just a polluted river. There was a peacefulness about it nonetheless.

It was difficult to be on the Mekong and not hear of the floating markets. Everywhere we walked in Can Tho, we were stopped by people offering the best deals for day trips on the delta. The pictures they showed us were tempting. So too was the prospect of a day on the water, as dirty as it might be. It had been a long time since I had felt the swaying of waves and the heat of the sun over a river of memories. We finally agreed to return to the port at dawn to embark on a last journey through Vietnam.

The day that followed was everything we hoped yet nothing we imagined. A pineapple expertly peeled and sliced was handed over to me. As I finished enjoying the sweet tang of the fruit, I dared to dip my hand in the delta, imagining that sea creatures would emerge from the opaque river. Over the Mekong’s mysterious sea, colourful wooden ships met every day to sell fruit and vegetables, expertly drifting amongst each other. There was a clear camaraderie felt between the people. The singing language was heard through exchanges of laughter. As I tried to capture the grandeur of the ships on the water, I fell in love with Vietnam once again.

Fishing boats in Vietnam on the river at sunset
The rising sun reflecting its orange glow on the wooden boats – Photo by Stefanie Auger-Roy
An old fishing boat in Vietnam with a lady in the window
A woman is sailing down the Mekong – Photo by Stefanie Auger-Roy
A boat full of bananas on the river in Vietnam
A full boat makes its way to the market – Photo by Stefanie Auger-Roy
The boats are lined up under a light blue sky for the day’s business.
The boats are lined up under a light blue sky for the day’s business – Photo by Stefanie Auger-Roy
Boats lined up on the river in Vietnam with a blue cloudy sky
An almost white sky contrasts with the mud-coloured water – Photo by Stefanie Auger-Roy
Two boats parked up on the brown river in Vietnam
Friendly meeting between neighbouring vendors [Feature Image] – Photo by Stefanie Auger-Roy
Two fishing boats in Vietnam with green shelters
The green of these sunshades catch the eye – Photo by Stefanie Auger-Roy
An array of boats in Vietnam on the brown river
The boats are becoming scarcer as the day wears on – Photo by Stefanie Auger-Roy
Fruits and vegetables dangle off tall poles of the fishing boats in Vietnam
Fruits and vegetables dangle off tall poles to indicate what merchandise is being sold – Photo by Stefanie Auger-Roy
A man walking on the side of his finishing boat on the river in Vietnam
A man expertly walks on the edge of his ship – Photo by Stefanie Auger-Roy

 

A curious but often lost globetrotter, I have traveled and lived to tell the tale. I write those tales for fun. If it was for a living, I would be homeless. At other times, I can usually be found painting black and white canvases or walking around taking abstract photographs. When I can not be found, it means I am getting lost in a beautiful random destination.

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