Mekong Delta Guiding Q&A (part 2)

Interacting with people you first meet is either very easy or very difficult, depending on group chemistry. But guiding is a special case: you meet people in a totally controlled context, where basically everything is set up. The things that trigger curiosity in customers are predictable. Yep, we will have FAQs for every area. Time to read customers’ mind.

What are FAQs for Mekong Delta?

Plantation & Agriculture

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Customers can ask about ANY plant they see on the road and even though an honest “I don’t know” may gain points for authenticity, after several times it just becomes awkward, shows unprofessionalism and lack of preparation.

Below are plants of Mekong Delta we will encounter along the road. A purely linguistics matter. No need to collect those words ourselves. Let’s just do some searches

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Aside from general plantation vocabulary, there are some plants that are typical for Mekong area which should be given more attention.

Looking from customers’ perspective, images that pop up in their mind about the area are: vast rice paddy fields, fruit gardens, floating villages. Our role is to go deeper and analize WHY the plantation landscape is like that, some typical plants in the area, HOW locals utilize the plantations (for different industries), HOW that even affect their personality and culture. In short, we analize the interdependent relation between nature/ plantation and people’s culture and daily lives in the area.

Same thing applies in other guiding areas.

  1. Agriculture in the area
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Source: Viet Wikipedia

FACTS

  • accounts for 30% of total Vietnam agriculture land.
  • 27% GDP of total Vietnam
  • 50% area of Viet rice plantation.
  • 30% of total Viet agriculture revenue.
  • 54% of Viet fishery.
  • Main rice exporting area of Vietnam.
  • Rices are planted mostly in An Giang, Long An, Dong Thap, Tien Giang.
  • Duck growing also develops in provinces of Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Ca Mau.
  • Typical fuits: coconuts, rice, breast milk, watermelon, jack fruits, mangoes, durians, cacoa (used for chocolates)

HOW NATURE AFFECTS PEOPLE’S DAILY LIVES & CULTURE IN MEKONG DELTA

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1. Demographics

90% Viet, 6% Khmer, 2% Hoa, 2% Cham (Khmer) people. They live and work together in the same area, integrate and assimilate different characteristics to form a common Mekong Delta culture.

This forms the diversity of the area.

2. Personality

People here are mostly friendly, generous and brave. Why? When the first settlers come to Mekong area, the area is just vast wild jungle land. To conquer harsh nature conditions and live in harmony with nature, Mekong people need to adapt themselves, be resilient, generous and open.

The abundance of natural resources make Southern people in general and Mekong people in particular: easy going but short term thinking 7 unstrategic mindset (because there is no urgent need to save, things seem to be abundant all the time). People have a sense about season but do not really treasure time in general. To an extent, this is a drawback. The rate of education in this area ranks as one of the worst of Vietnam.

To be continued…

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

https://vi.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%90%E1%BB%93ng_b%E1%BA%B1ng_s%C3%B4ng_C%E1%BB%ADu_Long#N.C3.B4ng_nghi.E1.BB.87p

http://www.tapchicongsan.org.vn/Home/PrintStory.aspx?distribution=34159&print=true

http://www.vanchuongviet.org/index.php?comp=tacpham&action=detail&id=3151

 

 

 

 

 

 

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