Covered in Sand in Mui Ne!

Trip Start Sep 06, 2011
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Hello from the beach in Mui Ne! We're now all the way in the south of Vietnam!

We've had quite an adventure in this country over the last couple weeks. After two nights in Hanoi, we went about three hours east to Halong Bay, which is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. We went out into the ocean on a boat called a junk, and for three days we sailed around hundreds of limestone mountains which stick up out of the water. The mountains are called 'karsts' and there are over nineteen hundred of them in Halong Bay! Check out my pictures!

After the bay we took a thirty hour bus to the town of Hoi An. It sounds a lot like Hanoi but it's much, much smaller! It's very pretty and looks a lot like France, because Vietnam used to be ruled by the French so they built the town. It's strange to be in Vietnam but look around and feel like you're in France.

Hoi An is famous for being full of tailors. Almost every other shop is a tailor's shop! Most people go there to get clothes made, so we joined in! I got a winter jacket and a dress made, and together they cost me eight hundred thousand Vietnamese Dong. Sounds like a lot doesn't it?? Well it's only forty dollars!

Unfortunately it was rainy season up in the north so it rained for most of the time we were in Hoi An. The river even flooded into the streets! We think that the people who live there are used to it though because they didn't look unhappy, they just started paddling their boats through the streets instead of riding their bikes!

After all that rain we decided we needed some sun, so we hopped on another bus and came here to Mui Ne in the south, where it's hot and sunny! I really enjoy the bus rides because I get to see a lot of the countryside, and see places that tourists usually don't go to. I've noticed that the landscape in Vietnam looks a lot like Laos, it's very green, there are palm trees everywhere, and lots of mountains. However something that's very different here are the houses. Instead of the wooden huts we saw all over Laos, the houses are made of brick, and are all painted bright colours. They're also usually only one storey high. They're very pretty.

Another thing I noticed on the bus is the way the farmers work here. Even though Vietnam is more developed than Laos, the farming methods are not very modern at all. For example when they plough their fields, instead of using a tractor, they attach a plough to a water buffalo, and walk all the way around the field behind it until the whole field is ploughed. It looks like very hard work!

Here in Mui Ne my bedroom is only about ten steps to the beach! So I can hear the waves crashing when I'm lying in bed. Lovely! It's very windy here so lots of people go kitesurfing, which looks really cool. Check out my pictures of the big jumps people can do!

Ok I'm off to have a bowl of pho for lunch. Has anyone tasted pho before? It's the most famous Vietnamese food, it's noodle soup, usually with beef or chicken. Yummy! There's a Vietnamese restaurant in acton called Lily's which I think serves pho! The only difference is here in Vietnam it costs about fifteen thousand dong, which is about 75 cents for a big bowl. I don't think it would be that cheap in Canada! :)

Talk to you all later! Gam ern (thank you) for reading my blog! Does anyone have any questions about Vietnam?

Becca

PS. I have lots more pictures to show you but this computer will only let me upload a few so I'll add them in a couple of days!
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Chloe Romanet on

I loved Hoi An too, Becca, and Ispoke a lot of French while I was there. Most of the senior citizens spoke only Vietnamese and French (which they had learned in school when Vietnam was a colony of French). So they invited us into their homes for tea and told us stories of the old days in Vietnam. It was very interesting and I was very glad that I spoke French so that I could talk to them. Enjoy this beautiful country!

beccadonohoe
beccadonohoe on

I wish I spoke French Chloe! I think I'll have to come and visit you when I come back, I would love to hear stories of Vietnam in the old days!

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