From Ho Chi Minh City, we went to the Mekong and took a cruise up-river to Cambodia. Seeing the Mekong was fun, but if anyone is asking for recommendations, I would say skip the cruise and just plan a day visit. We did have a good time — The boat we were on was huge and very nice, and the food was great. Each day we got off the boat and visited one or two towns and sites. It was interesting to see some of what life was like on the river, but if you’ve only got so much time to see Vietnam you might want to compress the Mekong tour to a day. We ended up spending most of our time on channels and a river that runs parallel to the Mekong, both of which more mere crowded and industrial. The majority of our trip, which had about 2 and a half days on the water was not spent on a river like the picture above.
We visited a few river markets, some in more crowded areas and some kind of in the middle of nowhere. These markets are mostly selling wholesale / large quantities to people who are stocking their stores and markets in towns.
The cruise dropped us off at a big town on the water and we took a van to a hotel on the water, maybe about an hour away from where the boat dropped us. We stayed the night and the next day took a speed boat to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I think the highlight of this trip was the Vietnamese border stop, which was an over-water small building with children and sweet dogs running around. It was a good stop for iced coffee and a bathroom, and the best was the amazing unicycle basketball game on the television. Who knew this was a thing?