|Laundry day here.|
The sampan returned later in the day to take us to the village of Thot Not, where xe loi (motorized tri-shaws) carried us through the village to a bird sanctuary. I thoroughly enjoyed cruising along the river to observe the people of the country go about their daily business of life.
Many people live on their boats. I can relate to that! However, they don't have all of the modern convenience I have. In fact, they don't have window panes, just wooden shutters to hold off the rain and wind.
|Swimming to cool off|
We saw people washing clothes, bathing, swimming and working on the river. It is truly essential for their existence. The children loved to holler from the banks to get our attention. When we waived back, they squealed and yelled more as they ran along to keep up with us.
The Mekong River is everything to these people - especially the boat dwellers. It is their market, their highway, their bathing and toilet area, etc.
One woman with the help of her family has created a sanctuary for egrets. There is something close to 300,000 of them nesting in this area. To really see them, we climbed up a viewing tower. The trees were full of these white beauties! Not being a lover of birds, I kept my distance and let others have the front row view!
We took another rather unique vehicle to get to the bird sanctuary. It was a three-wheeled truck! I don't think it meets US vehicle standards at all. We sat in the rear and my Vietnamese rice paddy hat blew off. Fortunately, the truck behind us picked it up. Dennis was under the weather so he missed this adventure.
|We stopped at a rice paddy.|
I had never seen rice in its natural state so it was interesting to learn a little about it and how it is grown and processed. I can't imagine the hard labor of bending over all day to pick the ripened sheaves of grain and then having to process it to get the grains out and prepared for consumption.
|Rice au natural|
We finally got to the bird sanctuary as the sun was sinking in the sky and the birds were returning to roost for the night. There were white birds everywhere in the trees. Once I got to the top of the lookout, I saw a sea of white feathers for miles around me!
|An amazing site.|
|Here is one on the ground.|
|This is the temple at the gate to the bird sanctuary.|
|It looks like the canal water gets high during rainy season!|
|I surely would not like to walk across that everyday!|