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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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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

mui ne beach

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”.

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The local Vietnamese market is a treat.
One can find everything and anything
at a very affordable price.

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From flowers to candies
to rice and meat
the place is for your
everyday need.
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After a brief visit
to cho mui ne
we sat across the street
for some coffee
and free wifi
as we google mapped
our next destination
and watched people
and the bikes
zoom on the street.
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mui ne fishing village

we chanced upon this fishing village of mui ne.
(though we had read about it),
we were actually heading towards the sand dunes
when we saw boats by the shore and stopped by for a peek.

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since we had a delayed start, the apparent morning activity was absent
but we managed to catch some of these women
selling raw fishes, crabs, and lobsters
that could be cooked in nearby shacks
so we could enjoy the fresh catch of the night.fishingvillage2fishingvillage7

our excitement was perhaps quite visible
as we amusingly took photos after another
and a toothless fisherman
offered a tour in his round-bucket-like-boat
there was money involved,
but we gladly obliged and enjoyed our ride.
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the best part however
was another chance entry
to a restaurant nearby
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at a very local price
as we ate all this (pic below)
for just two dollars.
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mui ne

Mui ne is your ultimate vacation destination (but not many people know that).
When people go to Vietnam, they skip Mui ne, because it is neither the capital nor the infamous HCMC. Although it is just a few hours from HCMC as we took a morning bus from Saigon and by noon, we were in Mui ne.

Mui ne is like any other beach town with one stretch of the road leading to different “tourist points” along the coast. I looked around for maps of Muine but this banner was the only map I could find hanging in the first place we ate at Mui ne.
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It is a small town with a growing tourist industry and you hope it remains the same because the pace of the place is what one needs on a vacation. Tall palm trees, blue skies and empty beaches is ideal and if there are surfers, swimmers and other water sport activities one can only be thankful that it is not at all crowded and everyone can find their own things to do.

But Mui ne is not only about the beaches. There are so many things to do for anyone and everyone. The best way to get around is hire a motorbike, ride around town -outta town and enjoy all its treasures. This wonderful place is home to sand dunes, a fairy stream and a fishing village one cannot miss. The vibe is such, we actually went around looking for a place to rent (for a month or two) wondering if we could afford because we are definitely going back to Mui ne.