Can Tho – Day 3

It’s a pack and travel day as we make our way southwards to Can Tho. We opt for bus as a mode of transport. I find land travel is a lot more personal than air or train and its only a 4 hour drive.
With our bags packed and our accommodation booked via the Internet, we are set to go. The trip is uneventful and we arrive in good time.
Settling into our hotel on arrival is somewhat amusing. The receptionist speaks no English whatsoever, and of course, we speak no Vietnamese whatsoever. She is not sure what my mail voucher from Agoda means, but she is friendly and helpful and with a number of hand signals, phone calls, smiles and laughs it gets resolved and we are shown to our room. I am amazed at how cheap travel in Vietnam is! This place cost us USD 8 per room per night. It’s a 1 star, but has TV, air con, free wi-fi, and is clean and spacious. I cannot think of any thing more that we could need or want.
We make our way into town to the waterfront and settle at the first decent place we can find that serves cappuccino. We get chatting to an English couple sitting at the table next to us who have travelled from Thailand into Cambodia and onto Vietnam. They share some insights and tips which is always welcome.
As we walk along the riverfront we start snapping away at the picturesque boats and boat handlers. The riverfront is amazingly clean, with large boulevards full of trees and flowers. As evening settles in, the food vendors unpack their tasty morsels and soon we are tempted to try one of these, another of those. Dinner on the streets of Vietnam is delicious and so much more exciting than a sit down meal at a restaurant.
Arrangements are firmly in place for an early 5am pick up at the hotel for an 8 hour boat ride to the floating markets. Tomorrow promises to be an even more exciting day.

Buses packed for travel

Buses of all sizes packed for travel

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