15.06.2010 33 °C
What an experience. In two days in My Tho I saw 5 other westerners. James saw 1. That's how much we stood out. At times it was amusing and even nice to be stared at by everyone, young and old, walking or on transport. But at times it really did get a little tiresome and strange.
In the extention to the large bar where we watched England struggle to a disappointing 1-1 draw vs the US, we were like celebrities when we played pool. The kids watched on amazed, the cockier ones giggling and making comments. The older guys laughed when I had to duck to avoid a wall mounted fan, or marvelled at the size of J's flip-flops which prompted one guy to try them on! We had a few interesting games of doubles with them, as they didn't speak a word of English and we can't speak a word of Vietnamese and seemed to be making up the rules as they went along! Was hard to find anywhere to eat where anyone could speak English or where we could understand the menu, too.
Definitely the most random place I've ever been to. Well worth interspersing the 'touristy' areas with visits to places like this, to explore the other, more difficult side of travelling when there is a big language & culture barrier. The funny thing is, Lonely Planet says this is more 'touristy' than some of the other destinations in the Mekong Delta so * only knows what they're like!