3 Days in Hàm Tiến

Tet – when all of Vietnam is on the road to visit family. Tet – when most of the places close down. Tet – when the price for a ticket goes up a few hundred percent. Tet – when you want to be somewhere close to a tourist spot to find some easy food options and lots of open restaurants. The first 3 days of Tet 2017 I went to Hàm Tiến to visit a friend and his family. He gave me the master bed room – thank you Jake!

The house is a minute away from the water and close to me new favourite place for a  sundowner  in all of Mũi Né:  The beach bar of the Venus Hotel right at the beach.

I have to confess – I was too lazy to drive down to the city and stayed in suburbia for the 3 days I was here.

There is The Food Court Dong Vui and a few local soup joints, bakeries and coffees. Even with Tet in full swing still plenty of fresh fruit sellers along the main drag. And there is the beach as well. Now for that beach – I am not a beach bum but if I where – this is not the beach I would go. To much trash and shit here. But let’s have a look and decide for yourself!

The traditional Fishing Boats of Mui Ne

Fishing boat at the beach in Hàm Tiến
Fishing boat at the beach in Hàm Tiến.

The traditional fishing boats are double enders unusually build symmetrical from wood. Easy to spot with their pronounced overhangs fore and aft. Usually powered by a single cylinder Chinese engine and the cooling water supply is the typical pipe bent around to look straight into the prop wash. You see that at the left of this boat.

Eye at a Boat
They all have ornate nga, usually painted red with yellow accents.  At the front you see where they store the anchor. Flowers for good luck
There are not to many of those left and it is not easy to get them into the water.

Putting the fishing boat into the water at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Putting the fishing boat into the water at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Putting the fishing boat into the water at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Putting the fishing boat into the water at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
They swivel it towards the water

Putting the fishing boat into the water at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Finally ready to go. Works but takes time. Safety helmet is not required but I guess he knows why he put his one on his head!

Woven Bamboo Basket Boats

A simple round bamboo basket coated with tar or varnish to make it waterproof. I only found two of them at the beach here.

Traditional fishing boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Not really a happy camper this one…

Traditional fishing boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

And this one must have seen better days as well…

The Modern Version of the Bamboo Basket Boats

Fishing Boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Fishing Boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến”

Fishing Boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Some even have an engine as well

Fishing boats at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Glass fibre has replaced the bamboo boat

The Fisherman at Hàm Tiến Beach

So far there are still plenty of beach front properties without hotel or “Resort” buildings. This is where the local fisherman parks his boat and has his little hut. Here he works on the boat and gear – here he has his BBQ and beer with his friends.

Fishing Boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Fisherman working on his boat

Fishing Boat at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Fisherman Hut at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
Fisherman Hut at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Fisherman Hut at the Beach in Hàm Tiến
This one does not come with air-condition but you are never to far away from the water!

Fisherman at the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Rope in a fishing boat

Fishing nets in a boat

Fishing nets

There are Tourists as well

Most of them where Russians when I was there. The next biggest group where the Chinese the third biggest I can not tell you since I really did not meet bigger groups of one nationality.

Russians in Hàm Tiến
Russians in Hàm Tiến

At the Beach in Hàm Tiến

Cement tubes at the beach
There where two guys renting the hut behind the tubes. Why do you want to do that? If you have a concrete factory at home and miss it!!

The best part of the day - a cold beer at the Venus MuiNe Hotel
The best part of the day – a cold beer at the Venus Hotel right at the beach.  And some nice Russian girls doing their fitness routine make the sun set even better. An ice-cold Saigon was only 15.000! At the beach!!

Found a nice local place for dinner
Later I found a little local place and they made me a good vegetarian meal with another cold brew. Perfect!

At the Morning at the Beach

Jake told me the best time to hit the beach is the morning when the fisherman come back from sea. I can imagine and on day 3 I finally had the courage to get out of bed at 5 in the morning. Only – it is Tet and the fisherman do not work for a week…

Morning at the beach in Hàm Tiến
Morning at the beach in Hàm Tiến

Fisherman in morning at the beach in Hàm Tiến
Still sleeping – might be their only holiday in the whole year??

Public toilet in morning at the beach in Hàm Tiến
Public toilet in morning at the beach in Hàm Tiến. The good thing is – they have plenty of this ones. I walked about 20 minutes down the beach and found at last 15 of them!

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From Long Hải to Mũi Né

Had a good nights rest in the Hoa Sua Motel in Long Hai. Todays trip is not far so I can take it easy along the coast for most of the time. But somehow the Google lady had a mind of her own again and decided for a small detour inland. Well – you can not really look into her brain but sometimes she drives me crazy. After I found out I was too lazy to turn back and it was very hot on the road as well.

Far East tourist area Khu du lịch Viễn Đông
Far East tourist area Khu du lịch Viễn Đông – that is what it said on the map – hmmm not sure if this is the place where you want to go for vacation??

Far East tourist area Khu du lịch Viễn Đông
Does not really look better on the other side. But I do not like this kind of beaches anyhow – so it might be just me?

A few kilometres before Hồ Linh lake in Bình Châu, Xuyên Mộc District
A few minutes before Hồ Linh lake in Bình Châu, Xuyên Mộc District. Nothing on the left – water on the right.
Every few kilometres you find a new resort project along the road. Some are work in progress, some look open but are more or less empty and some look like nobody worked on them for years. It is so close to Saigon but somehow it looks like the Vietnamese are not a beach loving nation.
This continues along the coast – never saw that many resort ruins on one coast line.

A few minutes before Hồ Linh lake in Bình Châu, Xuyên Mộc District
From time to time you see one of the small fishing boats out in the sea.

A few kilometres before Hồ Linh lake in Bình Châu, Xuyên Mộc District
Or you see nothing at all. And there is next to no traffic as well.

Church in tx. La Gi
Church in tx. La Gi

Harbour in La Gi
Darling – do you remember where we parked the boat last night??

Nhà thờ Bình An
Nhà thờ Bình An

Nhà thờ Bình An

Nhà thờ Thanh Bình
Hello stranger! Jesus waits to great you at the Nhà thờ Thanh Bình church

Nhà thờ Thanh Bình
Quite different design again. I think they have the most interesting churches here in Vietnam. Mind you interesting is not something like the best looking ones or something! Still….

Giáo Xứ Truyền Tin
Giáo Xứ Truyền Tin

Giáo xứ Tinh Hoa
Giáo Xứ Truyền Tin

Maria at Giáo xứ Tinh Hoa
Maria here

Maria at Giáo xứ Tinh Hoa
And Maria here

The home of the Dragon Fruit
The home of the Dragon Fruit

Giáo xứ Thuận Nghĩa
Giáo xứ Thuận Nghĩa. I know I am lazy. But the last few churches are on the highway and there is a divider in the road. So you have to find a gap and drive back to get to them and somehow most of them are on the other side of the road. And driving in the sun for hours makes you want to get to your destination for the day. So this was the last one that I took a picture today and – yes I took it from the other side of the road and did some Photoshop magic to get all the wires out of the way…

Rolled into the suburbs of Mũi Né in the late afternoon. Had to wait for Jake so with the help of my off-line map I found a small place on the beach for a few beers and views of the waves.

At the beach in Mũi Né
Grandfather has a sun downer as well!

Nice! The next 3 nights I will wait out the worst of Tet here.

Todays drive

168 km in 5 1/2 hours including picture stops and a gas stop

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