10.12.2009 30 °C
The last few days have been spent lazing by the pool in the sunshine, reading and working on my tan, well for me anyway….Gerald on the other hand decided to abandon me for several hours each day favouring sea water going up his nose and in his eyes whilst being dragged out to sea, all in a bid to learn to kite surf! He went from learning to fly the trainer (2 meter soft) kite, moving onto a larger (10 meter inflatable edge) kite and discovering how it has the power to drag you quickly out to sea (he learnt to control it so he can go both up and downstream) and by the end of his lessons was just about getting up on the board (if only briefly) so today he hopes to master the staying up bit!
This morning we were up at 4.30am (see, it’s not all fun fun fun!) to go on a local area tour. We started at The White Sand Dunes for the sunrise. It is a beautiful area but as usual we weren’t the only ones there so some of the beauty disappears amongst the many thousands of footprints all the tourists leave!
At the moment in Vietnam it is wedding season, so, not only do Gerald and I get asked on a daily basis whether we are honeymooning but anywhere that is considered a beauty spot there will be couples getting wedding photos done. This morning there were two couples on the white sand dunes in all their wedding finery getting their photos done. The weird thing is, it isn’t their wedding day and they have no family or friends with them, they just choose a pretty venue and get nice photos taken!
Our next stop was the Yellow Sand Dunes, another beautiful place with lots of friendly local kids trying to rent out plastic sheets to all the tourists so that they can sandboard down the dunes. We gave it a miss as it is just so knackering climbing back up again afterwards!
After that it was a stop at the fishing village where we spent time observing the local women sorting through an enormous pile of various sea creatures that we presume must have been caught in the nets, everything from starfish to eels. It looked pretty gruesome and didn’t smell too nice either and to be honest watching them sort it all out while it bakes in the burning heat of the sun kind of put us off eating seafood for now! We suspect that it is also used to make the fish sauce, so famous in these parts. We walked past a huge area full of enormous pots fermenting the stuff, it STANK!
The final part of our trip was a walk down The Fairy Stream to see a small waterfall and, more impressive, the Red Canyon. The canyon is made of sandstone and is a very rich red colour which looked amazing against the brilliant blue sky. It was really nice to see such different landscapes after months of lush, tropical greenery. We were back at our hotel by 9.30am and ready for another day of sunbathing/kitesurfing!
Tomorrow we leave for Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) our final destination in Vietnam before heading to Cambodia.
That’s all for now