Okay need to catch up for a few days now. On my third day in Hoi An, I took one of the Home stay’s push bikes and went to explore the surroundings. I spent all day cycling, fortunately it was all pretty flat, with some surprised faces as I tootled through some areas where the tourists don’t normally venture!
The weather once again wasn’t very good, so i wrapped up and got on with it. As I set off I turned off the main road to take a pic of one of the rice fields, where I was called over by a farmer working in the field. I think he was looking for some amusement and suggested I had my picture taken with one of his Buffalos. He was a funny guy so I obliged in the pouring rain. he then suggested I sat on the Buffalo! I obliged…..we swopped hats and just laughed at each other. Nothing comes for free in Vietnam, he then wanted some money for a new hat!
No Buffalo were hurt in the making of this photo.
I then headed to the beach, pretty much deserted apart from the fisher men. One guy was very interesting to watch. He would prepare his nets, to catch fish, put on his life jacket and swim out into the sea to distribute the nets. Then he would swim back in shore to secure the end of the nets., he seemed to have pretty big catch.
cattle are just everywhere roaming around.
This lady was leaving her house as I cycled by, she entertained me for a picture. I believe the black teeth are from eating and chewing Betel nut.It is a mild stimulant that comes in the form of a tiny parcel made up of betel nut, the fruit of an Areca tree and lime paste wrapped in a leaf of the betel pepper vine. It is chewed in a similar way to tobacco and this stains the teeth. There are also some traditions to stain their teeth black by actually applying a black lacquer, but this looks quite different to what we see here.
Some of the french colonial influence.
Finally some pics that evening, Hoi An at night is very colourful.