Tag Archives: Sights
Hoi An has seen a huge development in the last 15 to 20 years. This little colonial town in central Vietnam is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the richest and most visited destinations in the country. However, despite the tourism, Hoi An still manages to keep its interest, charm, beauty and traditions intact. We visited Hoi An after our three day trip with the Da Lat Easy Riders, and a short stay in Nha Trang, and stayed in Hoi An for 11 days – the single longest stay within our trip.
Soon after Saigon we moved to Mui Ne. Having heard that Mui Ne is a typical resort location, popular with beach-holiday goers buying all-inclusive type of packages, we were initially undecided whether it was worth to go or not… but we decided we’d go after seeing some pictures of its surroundings. Basically the main attractions in Mui Ne are the sand dunes, a miniature version of a sand desert – there are two separate sand dune sites, one with white sand and the other one with red sand. There is also a fishing village, which is popular with photographers, and a stream called Fairy Stream, surrounded by red and white rocks.
We wanted to see all these places so we hired a driver through our hotel and we agreed that he’d pick us up at 4.30am. Very early, but we wanted to have advantage over other tourists
And fortunately when we arrived at the white sand dunes, we were rewarded with being the only people there, while the sun was slowly rising and the sky was getting bluer and bluer…
But wait – no more than 30 minutes later hordes of Japanese tourists literally invaded the place and broke the magic, romantic atmosphere.
After the white sand dunes we moved to the red sand dunes and finally to the fishing village and the Fairy Stream. Because the fishing village was so picturesque, and of course closer and more accessible than the sand dunes, in the afternoon we hired a bike and cycled there again to see the sunset.
Well, I’ll leave it to the pictures to show you the beauty of the place. I hope you enjoy them.
Remember to click the pictures to enlarge them and see them as a slideshow.
Psah Toul Tom Poung, also known as Russian market, is a buzzing spot located out of the mainstream tourist trail, south of Mao Tse Tung boulevard, in Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh.
This covered market got to be known as Russian market during the 1980s because it was popular with Russian expats living in Cambodia.
Today, inside the Russian market it is possible to find gold and jewels, cheap fake designer clothes, fabrics, carvings, souvenirs, pirated software, movies and music, books and many other things.
The Russian market is also home to the best ice coffee in town. You can’t be wrong: look for a big Brazilian flag and you’ll find it. Oh and make sure to join their Facebook page.