My Tho and Can Tho

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After Ho Chi Min City, we took a bus to My Tho, a medium sized city on the Mekong River.  The first stop included a super weird bathroom experience and something I had never seen before in any place.  I waited my turn in line and when I went to walk into the bathroom, all that I saw was a wet floor single in a small, single bathroom.  There was no toilet, so I suppose everyone just goes on the floor and washes it off, which is pretty disgusting if you ask me!IMG_0715 IMG_0720 IMG_0723When we arrived in My Tho, some guy on a motorbike stopped to talk to us as we were walking to tell us about where to find guesthouses and he also told us about some boat trips.  We kept walking and fortunately, we did find an awesome hotel room on the very top floor with a nice porch and a fabulous view of the city for just $8USD a night!  However, when we went to get some food, we walked around for a couple of hours and could not find ANYTHING to eat.  Seriously, it was super strange because there were all of these places that served only drinks and no food at all, not even any snacks or anything.  So we were grateful to finally find some place serving actual food!  Even weirder, that guy kept showing up when we were walking around and asking us what we were doing and about our plans.  Honestly, we felt as if he were watching us or something, which is a bit creepy even if he was harmless.  It was all just rather bizarre!IMG_0726 IMG_0732 IMG_0737 IMG_0738 IMG_0740Since this town was not too exciting, next we went to Can Tho, which was an adventure in and of itself!  We had to take these motorbike taxis from the hotel with all of our stuff and then this minivan of locals picked us up.  So of course it was an interesting ride because none of them spoke English and we got to see how they travel from city to city.  Luckily, Can Tho was a HUGE improvement from My Tho.  Although on the map it appeared to be similar to My Tho, it was a much more happening city with an abundance of restaurants and such.  At night there was a market and the city was much more lively than the last river town.IMG_0754 IMG_0762 IMG_0767On our last night there, some lady wanted me to be in a picture with her kids.  Then a while later, these university students came up to us and told us this whole schpeal about how they were selling these good luck button dolls and how they bring good fortune.  This girl was talking so fast that it was difficult to get everything, but she told Juho he should buy one for me.  Since they were really creative and cute, he did buy me one, so hopefully it will indeed bring me some good fortune!  Then the next day the woman from the guesthouse walked us to the street to get our small bus with mostly locals to Rach Gia for just a night so we could get a boat from there to Phu Quoc.  While we were waiting she was singing and laughing because we could not communicate at all, but she kept trying, which was cool!

 

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About Cristin's Adventures

I love adventures! Travel, culture, language, and random fun are what makes my world go round! After living in Phoenix, Arizona for nine years, I decided that I needed CHANGE! So I moved to Málaga, Spain for a teaching job that turned out to be a scam. After renting an apartment and looking for work there, I moved to Brussels to look for employment because I thought that since it is the language center of Europe, perhaps I would have better luck there. Although Brussels was pretty cool, and I certainly took advantage of its central location to take some trips to Wroclaw, Amsterdam, and Paris, I decided to take a bus from Brussels to Prague, and then made my way down to Rome. From there, I took a flight to Buenos Aires and spent a few months there teaching business English. Of course I had an absolute BLAST in that city, but due to the fact that it is NYC expensive and I made next to nothing, I decided to take a job in Istanbul. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a somewhat frightening disaster to say the least! Therefore, I decided to travel on to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panamá, and Colombia. After that I went to Canada to see some family, then flew to Berlin and traveled from there to Athens though the Balkans and some of Eastern Europe before moving to Paris. In the last year, I have also traveled to Southeast Asia, Egypt, the UK, Ireland, and now Lebanon!

8 responses »

  1. I love the colorful photos! It would be great if you put guest house names. I’m researching for a trip to Vietnam at the moment and a fellow traveler always appreciates good tips!

  2. Hahaha! This reminded me of my banho in El Bluff. I think I told you that story…. We had ‘that’ guy in Granada too. Kept popping up around every corner trying to get us to take a carriage ride and go on his tour. It became a joke like he would pop out of the bathroom in the middle of the night. Sounds like you are having a blast! Hugs to you both!

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