Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Chau Doc, even though its actually at Kaam Samnor-Vinh Xuong, here's a few snaps from the journey. There were less than ten of us on the boat, it was a very pleasant trip and thoroughly recommended as the entryway into the Mekong Delta. A few speedboats ply the route every day, each way, and as I said in my previous post, it was a doddle. The Blue Cruiser people we travelled with made it a walk in the park and hassle-free. The ferries at Neak Loeung were doing their bit, working like fury in the knowledge that they will be replaced by a lovely new bridge sometime in the next few years. The border post at Kaam Samnor was typically laid-back in the usual Cambodian style. At least the official behind the grill was awake, for a change. And no-one asked me for a penny, either to leave Cambodia or enter Vietnam. It would be a different story when we re-entered Cambodia at Prek Chak ten days later. The waterways of Vietnam were as busy as they always are, lots of hustle and bustle on Vietnam's canals and rivers, much more so than you ever see in Cambodia, lots of smiles and waves as we took the canal that joins the Mekong to the Bassac before the Victoria appeared in the distance, easily the biggest building on the riverside in Chau Doc.
The sleepy jetty scene at the Kaam Samnor border crossing. The moored boat looks like its made of papier-mache.