Postcards from the Mekong Delta

I’m behind on posting this week so in lieu of a Friday Postcard I thought I would do a bigger post with pictures from my overnight tour of the Mekong Delta. This will forever be known to me as the trip where my camera finally threw in the towel (I didn’t drop it this time! It went electrically haywire). But at least it spit out some pretty great pictures before it did:

The Mekong Delta is the rice basket of Vietnam- a lush, fertile place where pretty much everything, from houses to markets, floats. It’s exactly the kind of Vietnam you would imagine (when you’re not thinking about war). Even the most hard working people are quick with a wave and a smile. In short: it’s gorgeous.

Those donuts were delicious by the way. And don’t worry, the camera has already been replaced- by one of those “unbreakable” Olympus models. Hopefully it will serve me well as I continue to document the unending beauty of the earth…

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20 Responses to Postcards from the Mekong Delta

  1. neha February 4, 2011 at 9:32 AM #

    These are so brilliant. I love the shot with the flowers (photo 6).

    • Steph February 5, 2011 at 11:23 PM #

      Thanks! Apparently hte Mekong Delta is the flower capital of Vietnam or something like that.

  2. Theresa February 4, 2011 at 10:46 AM #

    The donuts look good. We ate a lot of street food in the Mekong and loved all of it. It was some of our favorite food in Vietnam actually.

    • Steph February 5, 2011 at 11:32 PM #

      I am just in love with Vietnamese food in general- constantly surprised.

  3. Katherina February 4, 2011 at 1:27 PM #

    Love these pictures… and I’m getting hungry staring at the last one.

    • Steph February 5, 2011 at 11:38 PM #

      even better- they were only 20 cents each!

  4. Sheryll February 4, 2011 at 3:29 PM #

    Great photos! I love the one with the little boy and girl peeking from the boat. So adorable!

    • Steph February 5, 2011 at 11:38 PM #

      The kids here are SO curious and friendly. And cute. I can’t get over it.

  5. Theodora February 4, 2011 at 4:36 PM #

    Love the waterlily shot, and this perspective on the Mekong, a river we love.

    Believe you me, lady, there is no such thing as an unbreakable camera. Fingers crossed the Olympus holds out for longer….

    • Steph February 5, 2011 at 11:38 PM #

      Haha, I’m sure you are right!

  6. Connie February 4, 2011 at 8:29 PM #

    When I visited the Mekong last year, I was amazed by how life just strived there. The busy markets, growing orchards, and people living in the most unexpected of places. It was a great experience for me to see all that. And yes! Everyone is willing to stop what they’re doing and smile at you!

    • Steph February 5, 2011 at 11:41 PM #

      They all clearly work REALLY hard but they are always quick with a smile and wave! I love it.

  7. Kenan Lucas February 4, 2011 at 10:07 PM #

    This is definitely high on my must-see list when I go to SE Asia on a one-way ticket in just over 3 weeks. Nice photos!

    • Steph February 5, 2011 at 11:41 PM #


  8. Geoff February 6, 2011 at 12:00 AM #

    I wish I had of made it down into the mekong delta during my time in Vietnam. I mainly stayed up south, never really going below central Vietnam and the DMZ. Such a beautiful place, and these photos make me want to go back. Even though its pretty touristy, I highly recommend visiting Sapa if you get up there.

    • Steph February 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM #

      I hope I make it to Sapa! Vietnam is a really big country I am learning- it’s hard tod o it all.

  9. Rease February 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM #

    I love that first shot of the flower! So pretty.

  10. Lindsay aka @_thetraveller_ February 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM #

    Seriously, if I had to see how rice paper was made ONE more time when I was in Asia, I swear… Every tour I went on.

    • Steph February 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM #

      Seriously! Does anyone really care about this?

  11. Amanda February 14, 2011 at 6:02 PM #

    Great shots, Steph! That first one is beautiful.

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