The Island Lodge is the owned and operated by a French couple, Francoise and Michel, who wanted to share their passion for Vietnam and the Mekong Delta.
Looking from pool into dinning room, common area room and guest room upstairs at The Island Lodge.
Common area and dining room at The Island Lodge.
Path to Island Lodge dock on the Mekong River.
The Island Lodge dock area on the Mekong River.
The Island Lodge lily pond.
Boats moored near The Island Lodge dock area.
Walk to various guest cottages at The Island Lodge.
My guest house at The Island Lodge.
My patio at The Island Lodge.
View from my room at The Island Lodge.
Water feature on the grounds of The Island Lodge.
The Buddha at the entrance to Vinh Trang Pagoda, the largest Pagoda in the Mekong Delta.
This hand gesture of the Buddha is suppose to bring the local people good luck.
The Happy Buddha from outside the gates of Vinh Trang Pagoda.
Main temple gate built in 1933 by craftsmen recurited from Hue.
Mosaics made from broken pottery.
Bronze Buddha. Local people's goal is to achieve this Buddha's state.
The Bronze Buddha is under the same kind of tree as the tree in India that the Buddha prays under.
The front of the temple is designed in a style that mixes European and Asian architecture. French fleur de leis on the stairs.
People believe that if they rub the belly of the Happy Buddha it will bring them good luck.
The Reclining Buddha.
Close up of The Reclining Buddha's face.
The figure in the center is the monk who founded The Main Buddha in the Vinh Trang Pagoda. This is an active Pgoda and there are resident monks. The main chamber is made of dark wood pillars and has gilt woodwork.
The gilded wooden carvings on the top are the names of monks who have died. The women pictured have died and their children brought the pictures so the monk will pray for them so that they will get to heaven.
The men's side.
The main Buddha in the Vinh Trang Pagoda.
Each of these Buddhas have individual functions to help the local people.
Looking from inside the Pagoda to the outside.
The bells are rung at night because the sound hurts the Devil's ears thus keeping him away from the Pagoda.
Woman washing dishes along the road. (from the car).
Country people bury their dead on their property. This is an example of many ancestors buried on a family's rice fields.
This is an example of individual ancester graves on the rice fields. Some feel this is why the rice is so plentiful. (from the car)
Quite the load. (from the car)
These motor cars are used for deliveries or are outfitted with seats and become a form of transportation in lieu of taxis. (from the car).
Deliveries or Shopping? (from the car)
One of the worst slums in Ho Chi Minh City. (from car)
View from car.
Within the last year the government has approved people's ability to get a mortgage through a bank. Prior to this they had to pay 100% of the cost upfront. The result is a huge amount of high rises and condos going up.
Local eating while buisness is slow. (from the car)