Our tour guide suggested this boat tour of a wide river with many islands linked by bridges. The tour cost USD25.00 each. We were given a cold towel prior to the tour, and then a cool drink. We climbed into the boat, ducking each time we went under a bridge. Most of the bridges can only accommodate bicycles and tuk tuks. We wended our way among the mangroves, seeing the occasional monkey or bird, and sometimes a water monitor. We visited an island which specialises in cinnamon and one of the villagers showed us how the commercial cinnamon stick is prepared. He also gave us a demonstration of thatching using a palm leaf. Another stop was at a fish farm. We walked along planks to view several bays where the different types of fish are bred. I was invited to sit down at one bay to dangle my legs in the water for the fish to nibble. It was a strange sensation. Bravely we wrestled a live crocodile – well it was only 2 feet long. The boat tour took us out near the mouth of the river before returning. The tour lasted about 1½ hours.
This tour was not on our itinerary but we really enjoyed the unique experiences.
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