Just saw a certain local tour company sharing their itinerary to Danang, and it costs about $1.7k just for the tour without your spending there. So I thought I should also share my itinerary with you, where I spend a total of under $1200 for everything, including all my expenses. For those worrying about halal food, don’t worry, I went with my Muslim friends and we go back to our hotel with full stomach, everyday ✌🏻
Our tours were prearranged with the hotel, so it is more pricey than if you just book with the local Vietnam tour when you’re there, but our time in Danang was short so we wanted to make sure everything is properly planned and will go smoothly. The Marble Mountain tour was also more expensive, because I have requested for private tour, which means it was just us and nobody else. This is so I could request for them to bring us to seafood lunch and dinner, as halal food would be difficult to find otherwise. Menu was also discussed earlier through the hotel, though they did add another chicken dish for us misunderstanding that any chicken was halal, but we had plenty of other food anyway so we shared the chicken with our tour guide. I have gotten the contacts of our tour guide so just DM me if you want me to share it with you. I think it would be cheaper if you contact him directly instead of arranging through hotel too.
Our Hotel in Ho Chi Minh was right next to Ben Thanh market and a lot of halal eateries, and there are stalls selling tudungs and kain just outside the hotel at night. This is my second time staying in this hotel and I’d totally recommend it to anyone going to HCMC.
We have covered most of the attractions where our Brunei tour company will cover based on their itinerary, except that we went for the basket boat ride and My Khe Beach instead of some plaza. In total it was about B$750 for everything except our personal expenses, and I have spent about B$370 on miscellaneous stuff such as souvenirs, kain, coffee, tea and our meals there. With a little bit of effort planning the trip instead of booking a full tour, you save hundreds (or even a thousand) and you get a lot of flexibility and a trip without any tourist scams 😎✌🏻
Remember when I asked you to take a guess whether these were sand castle moulds or beach tubs? Well they're Thung Chais or traditional round fishing boats made from bamboo.
Back in the French colonial era, fishermen avoided paying tax on these boats because they argued that they're just baskets and not boats. And boy did that excuse work! 😄
So yesterday's cooking tour involved a boat ride down the river to the spot where we would eventually do our cooking. After arriving we were put into a 'basket boat' and a local lady rowed us through the water coconut trees to catch crabs.....the biggest one jumped out of the container and into the boat which we couldnt find and she thought was hilarious. The local people here depend on these trees for their livelihoods. Such a great day learning other things instead of just cooking.
Vietnamese Basket Boats in Da Nang. "There is little official documentation about the origins of the Basket Boat. However, it is said that during the French Colonial Era, a variety of new taxes were introduced; one of these being a tax on owning a boat. The poor regional fisherman couldn’t pay this tax, and risked losing their livelyhoods. As they say, “necessity is the mother of all invention”, and so, they came up with a plan to circumvent the tax. Creating a sea-worthy vessel that would not be considered a boat was no easy task, but the ingenious fishermen successfully argued that these were not boats at all, but baskets – and therefore couldn’t be taxed. Their crafty plan actually worked, and every since, these iconic crafts have become a mainstay in coastal Vietnam."
Hace un año estábamos navegando en una #basketboat por un río que nos regalaba anillos y figuras hechas de hoja de palmera. qué artista y bella persona la señora que nos guió por esta bonita experiencia. Vietnam, tú siempre alegras #tbt#vietnam#loveu
A local fisherman asked me to help him move his fishing basket boat. We wedged a long beam through it and walked the 20 steps to the sea, where it was weightless on the water. This wont be a common scene on the beach for much longer as it is slowly smothered by the development of giant hotel resorts with private seafront seating for the plane loads of Chinese tourists.
Wer kocht von euch auch gerne und probiert dabei Neues aus?
Wir zählen auf jeden Fall dazu oder sagen wir mal eher Przemek. Anke lässt sich gerne bekochen 😍😎 Und da wir beide das vietnamesische Essen so lieben, wollen wir auch etwas mit nach Deutschland nehmen. Wie könnte das besser gelingen, als mit einer Cooking Class in Hoi An?
Doch wer kochen will, braucht Zutaten. Deshalb beginnt unser Tag auf dem Markt. Unser Guide führt uns zwischen Chilis, Reisnudeln, Kräutern und fangfrischem Fisch vorbei, um für den Kochkurs ein paar fehlenden Zutaten einzukaufen.
Mit Koriander, Bananenblättern und Wachteleiern steigen wir in ein Boot am Hafen, das uns zu dem Restaurant bringt, in dem unsere Kochstunde stattfinden wird.
Doch etwas wichtiges scheint zu fehlen: Krabben! Okay, die brauchen wir wahrscheinlich eigentlich nicht - auf die Fangkünste von uns Touris sollte man sich nicht verlassen - wir machen trotzdem halt an einem Dörfchen, wo wir in Basket Boats umsteigen.
Während die Einheimischen für uns Ringe aus Palmenblättern basteln, werfen wir unsere Angeln aus 🦀🦀🦀. Aber keine Krabbe biss an 😅 und wir erreichten das Restaurant für unseren Kochkurs mit leeren Händen. Essen durften wir trotzdem was ... 😉
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