After a sleepy couple of days on Don Det, a fishing trip sounded like the perfect activity that didn’t require too much actual activity. We booked a trip for $6 each which departed at 3pm and returned after sunset. All gear included. Bargain. There was also the option to pay $5 extra and have a BBQ where they would cook you your catch. We decided that the chances of us actually catching anything worth eating were slim to none and we also knew the sort of standards that these trips held them selves to… i.e. none, so we stuck with the basics. After a bit of standing around, we were led down to our boat. It had a foot of water in the bottom, which, bearing in mind the boat is only about two feet deep anyway, is quite a lot. They had a go at getting it out with the electric pump but that turned out to be broken too. They ushered us in to the boat and off we went. Wet feet, wet bum, wet bag. Our boat men were brothers, the eldest about 16 and his brother can’t have been older than 14. Knowing we were in the capable hands of two… children, we set off up the Mekong in the worlds most un-seaworthy long boat.
Wow, you sure mastered your technique!
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This picture was taken on a cruise of Halong Bay aboard the Treasure Junk.
Looks beautiful through there!
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With a variety show blaring, there wasn’t much sleeping happening on this daytime sleeper bus from Tra Vinh back to Saigon. My two Vietnamese friends were lying down to my left and an elderly Vietnamese lady was to my right.
Doesn’t look too comfortable. Great shot!
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Christ of Vũng Tàu, Vietnam
Depending on your source, the Christ of Vũng Tàu here in Vietnam is either 2m taller, (32m), or 2m shorter, (28m), than Christo Redentor in Rio. Despite the heat, the strict dress code prohibits shorts, tank tops and footwear.
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Different people have different traveling styles. Some collect extreme experiences, like heli-skiing in Canada or bungee jumping off Victoria Falls. Some collect photos of themselves looking glamorous in front of classic landmarks, like the Trevi Fountain or Angkor Wat. One couple I met in Ho Chi Minh had recently graduated from the Cordon Bleu, and were traveling the world collecting culinary skills. When Lachy and I travel, we tend to collect friends, snippets of new languages, and experiences of how the locals do life.
One of my favorite things about traveling is the way it challenges your concept of “normal”. In Australia, we tend to keep our home lives quite private – we close our curtains, and are uncomfortable if our neighbours can easily see into our backyards.
By contrast, the Vietnamese live far more communally. Homes and shop fronts are one and the same, and daily life sprawls out onto the streets; whether that be eating or sleeping.
The sleeper train was definitely an adventure and very different from the sleeper trains in Thailand. We booked the cheapest option we could see: hard sleeper, 3rd level. The tickets were about 800.000 Dong each which works out at about £25 and the train left at 2pm, getting into Danang at midday the next day.
Oh good lord the 3rd level is high! There are 6 beds per compartment and the 3rd, top, level is actually pretty awkward to climb up to. Especially if you happen to have Fibromyalgia… There also isn’t that much room, plus the beds are genuinely hard, they weren’t lying! It was fun though, I just wouldn’t be such a cheapskate next time and would definitely opt for the soft sleepers.
Sounds like a good adventure!
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