Sampan Boats in Mekong Delta
Sampan Boats in Mekong Delta. Once upon a time, the main means of transportation of local people in Mekong Delta is sampan boat- a unique boat in the western of Vietnam. Living in the region of the river, each locality, whether rich or poor, owns a sampan boat for moving around. In fact that, this style of boat considered a means of water civilization in a young alluvial area, flooded fields, flood season lasts up to 6 months each year.
Sampan boat is about 4m in length, 1m in width and capacity about 4-6 people. It is made of three long wooden planks, the seams are filled with plastic bottles, nose and steering pointed. Use crutches and paddle for moving.
How to paddle with sampan boat
When rowing, there are usually two people, one person at the head of the boat and the other at the end of the boat. The person sitting at the head of the task is to swim and adjust the direction of the boat. The person sitting at the end of the boat will use force paddle with the fastest speed. While rowing, each person will row one side of the boat. Example: A person will row on the left of the boat, while the other person will row on the right of the boat to help keep the boat balanced. When kayaking, the body is leaning forward, if the person does not know rowing, they will make the boat cannot move, but only rotation.
Thus, Sampan boat is the image associated with the many generations life of people in the Southwest ago till today. If you want to paddle by yourself, Breath of the Mekong Tours will take you to the rich land and experience the most moving vehicles in the Southwest.
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