Our morning excursion started with the usual boat ride. Just a short one to a fish farm on the Mekong River where thousands of red snapper are farmed mostly for export. It was strange to walk across the floor boards and see the fish swimming beneath your feet through the cracks. The fish are fed pellets to make them grow. The feeding frenzy starts with the first shovel full of food through the small opening where they come to feed. Can't believe I went back to the boat and had red snapper fillets for lunch!
We went on to a raffia mat weaving factory but not much was happening as they had a power cut, but at least the shop sold cold beer!
The fun started with the rickshaw ride to the next venue, the silk factory. 17 of us in convoy played havoc with the local traffic. Our rickshaw drivers were very competitive and some of the group incentivised the ride by offering extra cash to their drivers. Add to this 3 local wedding parties and mayhem ensues! We did all arrive safely and an interesting tour of the factory made the trip worthwhile. Another retail opportunity too 👍
We thought we were walking back to the boat, but no, the rickshaws were waiting for a second round of road rage Vietnam style. Several us witnessed a crash en route but none of us were involved thankfully.
After lunch back on board, afternoon at leisure. Well that makes a change! We played a hilarious card game and made so much noise we had the lounge to ourselves. Then the boys did the on board tour of the bridge, engine room and all things technical. Then we all attended a cookery demonstration and some of us made Spring Rolls. Just what we wanted, more food! So much for a relaxing afternoon.
Dinner and a screening of "The Killing Fields" completed our day.