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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

wooden boat and put-putted across the Mekong. I'd travelled down the Mekong in Laos, but here it was absolutely *huge*, even sea-like. As we went, Morgan pointed out fish traps and other sights of interest.

We then broke into a canal of the Delta, a dark narrow channel lined with looming five metre-tall water palms and lofty coconut trees. It was beautiful, and I could see Morgan feeding off my amazement. He loved this land, if not the Government.

Our first stop was a tourist trap of a bee farm. It was quite fun though: I got a look at the hives, ate coconut candy (a local speciality), drank honey tea and rice wine and got to see a python.

"Would you like to hold it?" "Errr......"

And so I refer you to the photo above of your correspondent holding a five-foot python with a somewhat "Hurry up and take it and get this bloody thing off me" smile... hey, when was the last time you did something for the first time?

Our next stop was at a restaurant offering a host of local specialities, including cobra. My budget didn't stretch to that, so I plumped for Elephant Ear Fish, a native of the Mekong in these parts. A beautiful local girl sat down with