Mekong Delta, Tra-Su, Sam mountain, Vietnam

Seeing the Mekong Delta on a push bike is a good idea as the area is super-flat. There are no uphills or downhills, so making 100 kms a day is not a big deal. US$2 will get you a decent mountain bike for a day.

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First stop, Sam mountain 5kms away from Chau-Doc. Bottom of the mountain has a huge market for a size of the town. Tamarind for sale at 40,000 dong a kg.

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Before climbing up the mountain, I stock up a coconut and a water melon for 15,000 dong from a road side house.

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Half way up stands the Victoria hotel in the mountain(there is another hotel owned by the same owner at the river front)

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Many Chinese Buddist temples are scattered in the mountain and the scale is huge and luxury.

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Inside  a temple has a Zen garden.

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View from the summit is not spectacular but pretty.

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See I told you. All flat for a bike trip.

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Now setup the route in the Google map, going to Tra-Su, the river green forest in a tributary near the rice field.

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People here are rice farmers and duck farmers utilizing river water.

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Long water canal gets covered with floating green plant that makes the area look like a forest on the river surface. This is Tra-Su( pronounced like Cha-Soo).

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Rice paddy is getting ready for planting.

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Rice harvested is shipped away on a boat to a mill and get auctioned straight away on the spot. Also millions of farmed ducks end up sold as the same way as rice.

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End of the rainbow? Sam mountain.

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After making hard pedaling for 80 Kms,I try this Korean restaurant in Chau-Doc run by a Vietnamese girl who mastered the recipes from the Korean TV drama. Well, This Kim-Chi fried rice scores 30 out of 100 for the taste, but 80 for the effort of creative invention of fusion food. Good job for 20,000 dong.

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Near the central temple,this place sells a fantastic mushroom-wanton-noodle soup for 17,000 dong. Very well seasoned.  A hot twang on your nose.

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Tomorrow I am going to cross border to Camdodia.

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