|Posted by Anna Belleforte on January 30, 2019 at 9:35 AM|
From the highway, the Mekong Delta is an endless array of ramshackle and blocky buildings: shops, garages, warehouses, and cafés with hammocks, but also some grand houses squeezed onto long narrow plots, built by people who have done well for themselves and are not afraid to show it. Unlike in HCMC, Can Tho city planners have understood the value of a public waterfront. Landscaped, paved with stone and graced with a golden statue of Ho Chi Minh (of good communist size), it’s a nice stroll and a lovers’ sanctum with benches fit only for two. The benches are petite and concrete cast, and sponsored by big companies. On Sunday evenings, people spread out over any left-over sidewalk space, occupying low tables and chairs of plastic and drinking sugary beverages. But it’s quiet by 11pm, because they rise early here to benefit from cooler morning temperatures.