Drifting By the Diorama of Delta Life in Can Tho, Vietnam
The woman steering your boat balances precariously on the edge of the bow as you drift slowly through the narrow canals of the Mekong Delta. As the sun climbs up into the sky, it reflects brilliantly off the loamy water, and you are glad for the conical straw hats that were distributed at the beginning of the ride. The canal widens and low houses appear along the banks where women hunch at the edge busily washing vegetables, pots, and laundry. Further downstream and suddenly you have joined a bustling floating market. A long barge drifts by covered with cabbages or pineapples. On another, merchants are busily heaving large sacks of flour up to the deck. Meanwhile, small pontoons weave in and out with glinting bottles of refreshments or golden baguettes for bánh mì. The river is alive with activity at every bend and beckoning.