The next morning we ate breakfast and headed out to the dock outside for a tour. There was a boat there ready to take us to three stops and to give us a tour of the famous floating markets. The first stop we went to was a noodle factory. When we got to the first stop, we had to walk down a path to the actual location. On our way down, we stopped at a stand that sold thin banana pancakes. The pancake was a thin circle made out of bananas in an old fashioned pancake maker. She was outside over a campfire and was flipping it in a colonial looking pancake maker. It looked thin and crunchy. We saved it for later in case we got hungry. After a few minutes of walking, we finally got to the noodle factory. The first step to making noodles was to make a thin batter. Then you put it on this pan and put a cover over it and flip it from side to side, and then you let it dry and then you shred it in a hand machine to make it into strips which look like pasta. It seems like an easy task, but it isn't. The batter was a beige color and in the room there was traditional Vietnamese music playing. There was a garden in the backyard and dogs in the room. After watching the workers make noodles, we got back on the boat and headed to the next stop.
On our way to the floating market my grandma said, “I’m thirsty.” So, we saw a boat with drinks on it so we hooked our boat with their boat and asked for a drink. When we asked for the drink they wanted to sell it to all of us. So, they got closer to the boat and started to put drinks in our faces. They were there for a couple of minutes, but we were able to get them away from us. Just when we thought we had escaped another boat hooked onto us and wanted to give us all sorts of things, and put them in our face to try to get us to buy it. We finally got away and got to see the amazing view of all of the boats in the floating market selling fruit. Some families lived on the boats and others had a house on land. Each boat was pouring with amazing fruit. That was the ripest I’ve ever seen fruit. There were some fruits I’ve never heard of. It was an amazing sight.
Once we passed the floating market, we were getting close to our next stop -- the fruit orchard. When we got to the fruit orchard, we went inside. Inside they were selling jewelry and drinks. My mom and I went over to the jewelry table and looked at the options. There were really pretty necklaces, and bracelets, and these cool hair things. We decided to get the hair thing and a bracelet for my cousin. The orchard had tons of exotic fruit. While we were walking, we got to feed the fish. When we fed them they would stick out there heads and gobble it up. The orchards didn't just have fruit and fish, it also had flowers. We learned that you can tell if a dragon fruit is red or white inside. You can tell it’s red when the tips of the leaves are red. We were nearing the end of the orchard when we saw this bridge and our tour guide said we can go on it. So, I went on the bridge. I had flip flops on and I was playing with them on the bridge. Suddenly, my flip flop fell into the swamp below, which was not good. We had to get a huge stick to fish it out of the swamp. Plus, my grandma was on the bridge pushing it to the shore. Meanwhile, my mom and I were cracking up. We finally got it out of the water and it felt good to put it on. When we ended our tour, we got to pick out a few fruits to try. We had mango, dragon fruit, milk apple, pineapple, and jackfruit. My favorite fruit was the dragon fruit. After everyone finished we got back on the boat and headed to our last stop the rice factory.
When we got to the rice factory, we got to see the different types of rice. The factory was big and had tons of machines, but no one was in there besides us. The rice was all different colors and sizes and there was enough rice for a lifetime. After we finished with the rice factory we headed back to the hotel where we got our stuff and went back to Ho Chi Minh City. My next Vietnam post will be about the cooking school we went to in Hoi An.