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An Bang Beach, Hội An

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We cycled to the An Bang beach in Hội An.
It was a nice ride and the beach was calm and clean.
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There was a fisherman trying his luck
as we tried some fresh prawns from the sea…
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đối sách/ 43 Phan Bội Châu

i keep running into interesting bookstores in Vietnam.
Last time around was Boa Bookstore in Saigon.
This time, it was đối sách in Hội An.bookshop0
This bookstore looked more like a private collection
that has been made open to the public.
Of course it’s a great place
where book lovers can read, relax, buy, exchange and sell books.
There are apparently 5000 books in this shop
and is run by a retired teacher who also looks out for poor students. bookshop5hoian18bookshop3bookshop4hoian19

Morning in Hội An

Hội An is a walking and cycling town. It is a very relaxed little town which has also made it to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The last trip to Hội An was only for a few hours as we stayed in Da Nang and took a taxi here only to enjoy the evening old town walk.

This trip, we arrived early morning in one of those swanky buses from Mui Ne.
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Thankfully, we had booked Harmony Homestay who allowed us to check in even at 6am and gave us the room with the balcony where we had our Pho’s for  breakfast.
(Although the pic below is from the second morning but I hope you get the drift)

We are not the resting type. So we walked around town and it felt like all the tourists in Vietnam had come to Hội An. It is definitely the most touristy area and they know how to maximise -as visitors pay 100,000 dong to roam the old town. Although there are various museums and interesting sites which require the entry tickets that is included in your ticket, we didn’t have time to use them all.

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For lunch, we went to the central market and ate some good Vietnamese food at a very reasonable price -and some Vietnamese coffee of course.

On our way back to the hotel, we browsed through this cozy second hand bookshop which I shall detail in the next post.

Fairy Stream, Mui Ne

Fairy stream is all about a nice long walk in sole deep water.
The soil is red but the water is clean and
perhaps it could be seen as some kind of therapy
for people who never go barefoot. fairystreamfairystream2
In the first few minutes of your walk,
there is a sign for “ostrich riding”
and there are also a few stalls selling fruits
eatables and souvenir items.
But otherwise you don’t spend a single penny
to explore fairy stream.
It is an off road adventure
that requires one to explore
beautiful rock formations
and truly enjoy nature.fairystream1fairystream7fairystream5fairystream6fairystream4
These rock formations are sandy
and could apparently fall off too
But it was an easy walk on the stream
that was so charming and clean
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While the end of the stream
was but a tiny waterfall
it rang true that it is the journey
not the destination that matters after all.

Since we had parked our bikes
in front of the Burger House
we went there after our walk
and watched people pass by…
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But the favourite sighting of the day
has to be this t-shirt of Trump
as we walked out of that place.burgerhouse5

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Kite Surfing is one of the main activities in Mui Ne beach
although my interest is actually on, surfing without the kite.
But no, I didn’t get to surf… just swam
in the wide open sea.
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muinebeach11As the waves greeted me with its soft touch
and that distinct rhythmic singing
Asking me to join
and dance to its tunes.
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the path to mui ne beach
is filled with beautiful
paintings on the wall

i liked that there was
a crane and a paper crane
next to each other
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with the quote,
“her life is her art”.

mui ne sand dunes

who would’ve thought that there would be sand dunes in Vietnam
(except there are both red and white sand dunes in this country)

one can avail the different tours and reach the dunes
but it is always better to explore on one’s own
and that’s exactly what we did.

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the red sand dunes
are not too far from mui ne town
as we biked to this place
and what a sight!

in the middle of the highway
near the hills and the river
you’ve got the sand dunes
waiting to be explored

and what an adventure!
as we also got
on the plastic toboggan
and slid down the dunes…sanddunes4

one of the best things about vietnam
is there are not too many tourists (yet)
to spoil your experience and the environment.
(but we know it won’t be like this forever)
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is the street food.
right outside the dunes
these yummy prawns with fried garlic
was waiting for us
to snack on them.