Chau Doc was a very quaint town full of life and character.From our hotel balcony we could see all the makeshift food stalls and restaurants and we wanted to experience as much of it before heading to Cambodia the next morning.
Right behind our hotel was an open market with numerous local specialties.
In one evening we snacked our way through the flavors of the area.
Hamburger Baguette Sandwich Stall
Southern Style Seafood Soup
Eggrolls and bbq pork over rice noodles with cucumber and banana slices
Phuoc eating raw tamarind
Grilled Egg Vendor
Sautee Corn VendorAnother interesting aspect of Chau Doc is the use of pull-bicycles as a major mode of transportation. Opposite to the cyclos in Saigon where the passengers sit in the front and the peddler in the back, the passengers sit in the back and are pulled by the cycler in the front, hence the name.The tour company we made arrangements with for our border crossing had hired two pull-bicycles to pick us up the following morning.We were planning to cross the border via the Mekong River and on a ferry, which we made sure was nothing like the hydrofoil from Phu Quoc.
The views from the river were breathtaking.After we handed our passports over to the receptionist at the hotel in Chau Doc we were informed Mike’s visa had expired 10 days ago. What? How could that be? Well it turns out Anne’s visa is for 3 months because she is Vietnamese-American and Mike was issued a tourist visa, good for only 1 month. When we reached the Cambodia/Vietnam border we were promptly informed Cambodia would not accept Mike’s passport and that Vietnam would not allow Mike to leave the country because he was well over the 30 days the visa was good for. What does that mean? We were denied entry into Cambodia and had to head back to Saigon to sort it all out. So close and yet so far.Oh well at least we were heading back to a city we really liked, but weren’t sure how we were going to take care of this, but we would soon find out.