Monday, November 26, 2012

Vietnam, Cruising Mekong River Crocodile Style



046For the second time in less than a week we are back on the life line for so many in Southeast Asia.





As I look out across the rapidly following brown waters of the Mekong River, I see we will face many formidable enemies on our adventure this afternoon.

The river is filled with crocodiles although these ones have distorted faces with no mouths and are powered by petrol.

A custom here for those who own boats and travel these waters is to paint a mouthless crocodile on the bow of their vessels. This is meant to ward off harm from the real Mekong River crocodiles as a “mouthless croc” is all bark and no bite.




082A Mouthless Crocodile



We leave port on one of these mouthless crocodiles then it is a group version of “Row, row, row your boat ….. “ as we are soon experiencing life again on the Mekong River and Mekong Delta.



2012-07-01 11 47 27As we make our way to our first stop, we learn some interesting things about boats on the Mekong.

Flag poles at the front of the boats advertise the merchandise for sale.



Sometimes there are whole families that live on these boats earning an existence traveling up and down the Mekong.

Interestingly many of the boats have altars on them which are marked with red paint. These altars are used for worship and women are prohibited from entering this area of the boat.



2012-07-01 11 47 53On many boats the “Happy House” can be found hanging over the stern and it is said that from there you can see a thousand stars at night.





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