Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN INDOCHINA ADVENTURE
MEKONG DELTA I
5. Snakes and Bees
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Our next stop was a
bee keeping farm where Bill bravely held and examined a palette of hundreds
of honey bees. He, and our whole party, were rewarded with servings of
natural honey and lime tea along with honey peanut brittle candy and fried
banana chips coated with honey. The server girls promoted all the health
benefits of Royal Jelly, but we resisted making a purchase. The last treat
was a taste of honey wine - quite powerful.
The biggest surprise was saved
for last: a long beautifully coloured python. Only the bravest dared to
handle and play with the reptile who showed her affection by coiling around
our shoulders. Bill had a startled look on his face as "Monty" brazenly
squirmed her tail around behind into his buttocks area. Sue-On, not exactly
fond of reptiles, got up the courage to wrap the snake over her shoulders
and around her neck. Monty was very friendly, but we couldn't put images
out of our minds of how such creatures are capable of squeezing the life
out of their prey.
We enjoyed looking around the
grounds garden area and seeing the collection of caged birds and snakes.
There are special farms in other parts of the delta that raise many different
varieties of snakes for their meat, for snake wine, and for their "milked"
venom that is used for medicinal purposes.
A Jungle Oasis
The Bee Farm
A perfect place for a a honey drink and brittle
Refreshing Honey Treats
The Intrepid Canadian Snake Charmers meet
Monty the Python
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