I highly recommend a Homestay experience.
It’s an opportunity to meet a family who will guide you through what it’s truly like to live in the heart of the destination you’re visiting. Oh, and the locals are waiting to share their inspiring stories with you.
I got used to sleeping next to a mouse that I caught scoffing my Oreos (to be fair, it was my fault for leaving them in my bag). When an animal discovers snacks, they invite their mates in for a rave. After a few days, medium-sized creatures just didn’t bother me anymore.
I forgave the mouse in the end; we named him Bob.
Let’s go and meet our hosts.
I can’t tell you how wonderful it felt to walk across a breezy walkway surrounded by fresh green taro.
And I wish you saw my face when they served this taro to us later in spring rolls!
This was my bed; the pink net was to keep those jammy mosquitos from biting my bum (they loved going to that area of my body for some reason).
Our host ran through our dishes for the evening.
I can still remember the charcoal smell as I write this post.
Banh Xeo is a Vietnamese pancake wrapped filled with minced pork, onions, carrots & spices served with a fish sauce dip.
I said goodbye to the chief mouse, Bob, as it was time to head to Saigon / Ho Chi Minh.
Before saying goodbye, look at this view.
I could just watch the sun melt into the sea all day — but it was time to float across the Mekong Delta.
The Mekong Delta is a river where the locals ride their boats to buy and sell fresh fruit, vegetables or, wait for it, iced coffee?!
This man rocks up on a boat selling his coffee, I was like, what the…?
I had a sip out of a fellow travellers cup. Best. Coffee. Ever.
Nice work coffee man and wife.
Then our Mekong Delta tour guide whipped out his microphone and started singing Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’.
We had too much fun jumping up and down on the boat edge.
We were careful not to fall in, though; the tour guide told us that in some parts of Vietnam, they have poor water sanitisation. You can read about that here.
Pineapples anyone? Yes, I did pretend to be a boat shopkeeper.
Keen to visit a homestay and see the Mekong River? Hop on a boat here.
Location: Vietnam – Phường Thượng Thanh