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Can Tho is the center of the Mekong Delta, while Chau Doc is representing the gate to Cambodia. Both cities lie along the banks of the Mekong River and the daily life in these cities is decisively shaped by this river.
Coming from Ho Chi Minh City, we have already got to know the canals of the Mekong Delta. The densely branched network of these water veins was the only transport routes for a long time. In the meantime, one completed the infrastructure by a dense road network, which still permanently is improved.
For the approximately 100 km from Can Tho to Chau Doc, we take a minibus and get to know the road traffic in the Delta. The route runs along the Mekong, although the river is most of the time unseen. The predominant means of transport is still the motor scooters.
During our journey, we experience a permanent change of showers of rain and sunshine. Paddy-fields alternate with canals in which the fishing dominates. About halfway through, we pass the larger city Long Xuyên. It is the provincial capital and university city.
The traffic appears chaotic to us, although people drive very considerate. Still, we also see an accident here, which is fortunately not so bad. Near Loei in Thailand, we saw an accident in the morning, where a scooter with three persons probably raced into a truck. Three dead people lay on a crossroads. The sight was terrible and reminded that road traffic is the third leading cause of death in Thailand. It is probably similar in Vietnam.
We get a very tasty lunch at an idyllic lotus pond, whose lotus flowers have already faded.
But we are glad when we reach Chau Doc and can exchange the car with a boat again.
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