Thursday, August 09, 2018

Cycle Mekong Delta Day 6 - Tra Vinh to Vinh Long

It's Day 6 in Mekong Delta with a good rest at Gia Hoa Hotel 1 in Tra Vinh and we hope for another good day ahead.
Our breakfast was just next to the hotel, another pho (Vietnamese soup) affiar with rice noodle and meat. 
Breakfast at the side lane in between the hotel and a coffee shop. Isn't it fun.
So far the pho has never to disappoint us and one for the pho seller, we enjoyed herr food. We had siew yuk from her too.
The weather started fine in the morning as we left Tra Vinh for our next destination.
On our KM12 we had to cross an irrigation dam called Lang The Dam situated at GPS : 9.996440, 106.307384
Immediately after the crossing we stopped for a drink at this stall. GPS : 9.997969, 106.305799
We made a mistake going through this toll both at Trạm thu phí cầu Cổ chiên, GPS : 10.019834, 106.297357 realising that we were on the wrong direction.
Fortunately we did not ascend this bridge if not we will have to revert back.
For the first time we started to see this drying of long stalks on the road side and we wonder what was it.
Another similar structure laid ahead of us, it is also another irrigation dam and this one is called Cong Dap Cai Hop located at GPS : 10.062597, 106.250318
The crossing was part of our route as we continued our journey towards Vinh Long.
The field on the left is straw plant field used for the making of sleeping mats.
The straws were left to dry on the road side and can be seen in abundance along our ride.
I guess this must be one of the major incomes for the local.
 The many households busy with their activities with regards to this straw production.
The weather remained cloudy we continued to move on as long as it is not threatening like thunderstorm or severe downfall.
The rain eventually came we had to stop and fortunately we were timely to find this shop for a shelter.
We bade goodbye to the family and continued with our ride. The location was Trung Ngãi, Vũng Liêm, Vĩnh Long, GPS : 10.060892, 106.225863
The rural people are always friendlier and make our journey alive and fun.
After 37km we reached a township called Vung Liem and stopped by for a snap or two. Located at GPS : 10.093766, 106.186282
Here we were at an area called Mang Thit. Mang Thit is a district of Vinh Long Province in the southwestern part of Vietnam . Mang Thit is not only an important waterway in the Mekong Delta, but also a very high productivity area for fish rafts, where many of the red brick and tile bricks of Vinh Long. Mang Thit is a district producing a lot of rice and delicious fruit.
While the rest we have opted for a duck noodle lunch, I went a little bit further up the road for a pork rice with a braised egg.
That's my lunch for the day.
The place we took our lunch wasn't far from this ferry terminal.
This ferry terminal is known as Pha Mang Thit.
Just like the locals we commute just like them, frequently on a ferry ride. Our conical hats made us look like their farmers in the country side.
The drizzle continued so was our ride, the drizzle could not stop us in anyway.
We entered into another horizon it looks like Angkor Wat but not then what was it. We did not know and had to go closer to probe.
It is a brick producing factory and not any historical remains. Vinh Long is renown for producing red bricks and brick tiles. 
The traffic is light and easy it was a wet day indeed. We have to be careful in our maneuver. 

As usual we will stop at the bridge and observe the various type of boats passing underneath us.
A row of flowers planted along the route that breaks the monotony of the scenery.  
At another bridge where a local dame was trying to sell us lottery.
More and more brick kilns seen this time it was from a bridge. I guess the closeness to the river would make it easier for transportation.
The kilns continuously to surface and hopefully soon we will reach Vinh Long town.
We love Sinh To (Vietnamese fruit shake) and always on a look out for the word "Sinh To" when we are on the road. Here we were at a rest stop for another Sinh To indulgence.
I could sense the closeness to the centre zone of Vinh Long and the day light was slowing diminishing.
Finally we reached the hotel we wanted to stay and with luck there were rooms available for us.
Our bikes were kept at the lobby. The hotel is a family run business even the old grandmother was around to greet us.
The route for Day 6 covering a distance of 73 km on a wet day.

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