Vietnam ( part 10)

More reading on our trip to Vietnam. Hard to believe it was  almost 4 years ago!

We are now in Phan Thiet , a city by the sea.  We went out for  our cycling ride early as it was very hot and humid. Always time to stop to take a few pics. Pagoda, fishing habour, sand dunes. I really wanted to capture all those memories  and keep enjoying them  after the trip.

Typical fishing boats. Here is a bit of info about it. The thung chai, or “basket boat”, traces its history back to the French colonial era. As the story goes, the French arrived in Vietnam and began levying taxes left, right and center – including a tax on the ownership of boats. Most of the poor Vietnamese fishermen who depended on boats for their livelihood could not afford to pay the taxes, so they invented a new type of boat: the thung chai.

Time to see  what the fishermen brought back from the sea. Here the woman are sorting out the fish.

Some  girls  are working on the sand dunes. For 1$, we could have experienced the sliding but we did not want to be full of sand for the continuation of our bike ride. You can see how they protect themselves from the sun. Long sleeves, long pants, hat and even some gloves.  They have this piece of clothing to protect their nose and mouth. Not sure how we call it  but I ended up buying some just for fun ( and a souvenir).

A beautiful beach. A relaxing afternoon by the pool. Good weather…

I hope you enjoyed all the photographs. More to come in my next post next week. Thanks for reading.




Vietnam (part 9)

Leaving Dalat  with the van . Busy road with motorcycles transporting anything  they have to. Most people don’t own a car.

On this post  it will be again more photos than text. Take time to look at them and imagine the life over there.  On the first photo you see a gray van. This is one of the two van our group use while traveling between places when we are not cycling.

We passed a  smoky landfill.

After about 2 hours, we started our cycling day.

We had lunch in a small restaurant. In the middle of nowhere.

After that lunch,  it was a ride downhill for 10 km ! I will never forget that ride.  And then another 5 km. It was then very hot : 40C. We shuttled to Phan Thiet  where we would be spending 2 nights.

Facing the sea. Very windy  but charming area !

Are you thinking it would be  fun to explore this country ?  I heard that more people want to go in Vietnam than a few years a go .  More on this area on my   next post ! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.



Vietnam ( part 8)

Hello readers !

More on Dalat  on this post. Today mostly photos.

Greenhouses for flowers.

Hằng Nga guesthouse, popularly known as the “Crazy House”, is an unconventional building designed and constructed by Vietnamese architect Đặng Việt Nga.

Visiting the market.

Another interesting day in Vietnam. The sunset view   from our window .

On my next post, we are returning to the sea. Thanks for reading. and have a great week-end.





Vietnam (part 7)

The story continues… but first I must say Happy New Year to all of you!!

Our 7th day of cycling  in Vietnam.   Always something interesting to see. Like this lady walking behind the water buffaloes.

Trying to  read the billboard.

We  also stopped to see this man ( injured by a land mine) making tools with old steel rods.

We  left the sea side. Vietnamese do not say “China Sea”,  they prefer to say :”Eastern Sea”. The lunch was typically Vietnamese with soup, rice, vegetables, tofu, meat and fruits. Always so much food  !

Only 5 people from the tour (including me) and 2 guides did the  23 rolling km of the afternoon ride. It was a challenge for me but at the end, I was  very happy I did.  It showed me I was  in good shape.  I ended only few minutes behind the others. We were getting close to another city : Dalat.  “The little Paris” is the nickname of this city on the mountains. We were going up to the mountains.

It is such a great part of the country to see. So much green, coffee plantations, strawberries and so many  green houses for growing flowers and vegetables.

The climate around Dalat is quite different than other parts of Vietnam. We are now in Central Highlands. Warm days but cool nights.  Our guide told us they have 4 seasons in one day here ! A little bit like Vancouver !!  I will tell more about Dalat on my next post.

Thanks for reading !