Today (January 10th 2016) we enjoyed our planned rest day in Long Xuyen, arriving at around 11am after 30 or so km.
We found the ferry crossings easily. They both run regular trips and the first just outside Cao Lahn was free for cyclists.
Long Xuyen is a large town which always means higher prices but we’ve found a reasonable hotel near the ferry dock which has a parking bay inside where we can leave the tandem.
We spent the afternoon having a long lunch, watching the cargo ships going up and down the river.
Annie made a new friend who was obsessed with taking selfies… She showed us how to peel and eat this fruit which is called Bong Sem – it’s good for helping with sleep apparently. You peel the acorn like seeds which are known as Hat Sem.
We have both been struck by how friendly and helpful the people of Vietnam have been so far. With it comes a no nonsense attitude which is great.
Two 70km days ahead which should see us through to Ha Tien.
We were treated to a dragon dance practice session by the river while walking home.