A Travellerspoint blog

Mekong Delta (2) Coconut Religion

Saigon

sunny 35 °C
View Vietnam on GT Travel's travel map.

The trip continues with the small boats on a very narrow river towards Coconut Island. We were shown how they make Coconut candy and basically anything else. We also had a chance to taste honey wine (taste like neat Vodka).
Saigon_154.jpgSaigon_156.jpg
Saigon_159.jpgSaigon_161.jpg
Saigon_164.jpgSaigon_169.jpg
Saigon_170.jpgSaigon_182.jpg
Saigon_183.jpgSaigon_184.jpg
Saigon_185.jpgSaigon_186.jpg

This is also the Island for one of the weirdest names for a religion "The Coconut Religion". Yes, it existed. It was a combination of Buddhism, Catholic and Christianity. In 1907, Thich Hoa-Binh was born from a rich family. When he grew up he went to study Economics in France for 4 years. He returned to his parents home and got married. After a few years his businesses went all bankrupt. He decided to leave everything and go into solidarity to study Buddism. He created his own religion which was a combination of above. After his death in 1990, the government banned this religion, the only time the Vietnamese government banned a religion. If you look at the picture of Mr. Hoa-Binh, you will know why he called his religion "Coconut", respect!
Saigon_179.jpgSaigon_191.jpg
Saigon_190.jpg270_Saigon_193.jpg
Saigon_197.jpgSaigon_199.jpg
583497720CC6D043AE8F85079F891181.jpg5835AA41EF09EDCAC3BD23EBE90BB06E.jpg

And yes, afterwards we ate..who would have thought. Braised Pork belly and Elephant Ear Fish. Later the night I also had some sticky colour rice, the black rice with peanuts is ridicolously good. This was off course for desert.
Saigon_187.jpg
Saigon_188.jpg
Saigon_209.jpg
Saigon_210.jpg

Posted by GT Travel 22:02 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

Mekong Delta (2)

Saigon

sunny 35 °C
View Vietnam on GT Travel's travel map.

The trip continues with the small boats on a very narrow river towards Coconut Island. We were shown how they make Coconut candy and basically anything else. We also had a chance to taste honey wine (taste like neat Vodka).
Saigon_154.jpgSaigon_156.jpg
Saigon_159.jpgSaigon_161.jpg
Saigon_164.jpgSaigon_169.jpg
Saigon_170.jpgSaigon_182.jpg
Saigon_183.jpgSaigon_184.jpg
Saigon_185.jpgSaigon_186.jpg

Posted by GT Travel 21:22 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

Mekong Delta

Saigon

sunny 36 °C
View Vietnam on GT Travel's travel map.

The Mekong covers roughly 40 000sq kms and runs through 5 countries. The Kmer people inhabits most of the river in Vietnam. They are very poor, so the governement decided to give them boats to start their own business (explain again why is communism bad?). Communism is this country is far apart from that of North Korea. Here the people have freedom of religion and trade, if you a private company or individual, you don't pay tax (now who is bad) because there is nobody that controls this. Only if you work for the government and governement organisation, you pay tax. Anyway, back to the Mekong tour: We stopped along the way to have an early breakfast, again. Got served Rice Noodles with Pork and Cucumber soup, excellent:
Saigon_114.jpg
Saigon_115.jpg

We stopped at a pagoda (place of prayer) after our breakfast. Massive buddhas (plus minus 25 meters high). By the way, for all those critics back home regarding my big stomache, it is a sign of good fortune, suck on that.
Saigon_117.jpg
Saigon_120.jpg
Saigon_123.jpg
Saigon_125.jpg

Onto the river to visit some Islands.
Saigon_134.jpg
Saigon_138.jpg
Saigon_142.jpg
Saigon_146.jpg

We stopped at the 'place of beautiful people' where we were treated with fruit (the small brown ones is very sweet Litchis);
56E533C09427AA00DDFD8BE3CE22B031.jpg
56E2DB97A48E3AA2D999D218A53D8F0C.jpg
56E19987EE65C46BD0336A519E279059.jpg
56E09123C12953EB334B4B211EDF2FAC.jpg

Posted by GT Travel 21:20 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

Saigon (breakfast - 3)

Eating

sunny 35 °C
View Vietnam on GT Travel's travel map.

Unfortunately you will read a lot about the food because I like food and this food is freaking awesome. This morning, for breakfast, I had steamed Vermacelli with pork, chicken chimichangas (again), steamed dumpling and Banana flambe plus the usual egg and bacon. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you need it here if you hoping to walk.
20141107_072959.jpg

Posted by GT Travel 16:34 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

Saigon (Park)

Saigon

sunny 36 °C
View Vietnam on GT Travel's travel map.

I was walking yesterday past a park when I saw the people playing this game where they kick a shuttle to each other. While I was taking a photo, 3 students asked me if I can talk to them. Apparently this is one of the only and best ways these students can learn about English. I said yes off course and started answering questions on South Africa and my tour. When I looked around, there was nearly 15 people listening and everyone had a question. I now have my first English teaching lesson in the park this Friday.
The kicking game
Saigon_106.jpg

The group that started as 3
Saigon_109.jpg

Some ladies doing exercises in the park
Saigon_103.jpg

A tree..hehehe
270_Saigon_107.jpg

A Catholic Cathedral (See my entry on the Christ Statue for mor religion info)
270_Saigon_098.jpg

Posted by GT Travel 04:20 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

(Entries 21 - 25 of 39) « Page 1 2 3 4 [5] 6 7 8 »