After having a decent glimpse into local life is Saigon and seeing the main tourist attractions I decided to head south for the Mekong Delta. I contemplated the tour packages offered through out the city but luckily Nico at my hostel gave me some advice on how to easily catch a bus and do it myself 🙂
From District 10 I caught the bus at Le Hong Phong through Phung Trang FUTA company. I headed for the city of Can Tho, tickets selling at 100,000 vnd (not even $5 USD) and buses leaving as frequent as every half hour. This was my first solo adventure through Vietnam and I found myself to be one of the only foreigners at the bus station after being transferred by the mini shuttle to the main station. However just having my ticket in hand and knowing my destination name was enough to get by asking many locals for help in getting to the correct bus!
I had my accommodation set from the start after reading raving reviews about Than Ha Guesthouse and the famous Ms. Ha.
Upon walking into Ms. Ha’s guesthouse it was clear the reviews did not lie. Her nephews gleefully greeted me and led the way down the small alleyway where Ms. Ha greeted me with her jubilant smile, hugs, and fresh fruit and tea. She marked up a local map with all the insider scoop on best eats and things to see.
By sunset she had us on the ferry and treated us to visiting her family village. Before both feet touched land I was swarmed with greetings from the children eager to try out their English. I spent the night playing street soccer with the local kids and laughing with Ms. Ha and her big family.