Wandering aimlessly on my bicycle today, and found this place by accident, #basketboat something unique and unexpected. Lucky I went alone and not with tour coz I had this boat for myself and not sharing it with anyone, I feel like a VIP, cost me 5usd. This boat looks flimsy but its very stable the paddlers can even dance on it!! What an experience. #vietnam#hoian
The other day after yoga class, I was speaking with the teacher and it came up that I've been working on regaining my strength and my focus because I lost a lot of training during my travels. I am working on getting back to where I was before I left..
And she asked me, why are we always trying to go back? Back to the weight we used to be, the way we were...etc.
She asked, are you the same person you were before your travels?
No, I replied.
Then why do you want to go back? You're a different person, a new person and you're starting from this point in your life. Continue your growth from here..
And I thought about this and she's right, travel changes you and sometimes it's what you want and sometimes it's not, but I can't go back. I have to work from where I am now. I need to be present and continue to grow from this point in my life.
It's not an easy thing to let go of who I was or what I did in our past, whether good or bad, but it's a path of discovery and journey of the self. Like another amazing teacher told me, if travel doesn't change you then it's just a vacation... And it was more than a vacation.
So, I continue to work on the here and now. Thank you for the reminder..
Cigarette break 🚬
This man and his colleagues gave us a tour on their basket boats. One of them had an amp speaker with a microphone for you to play your own music and sing along while going around water coconut trees in the river. They’d also make crafted souvenirs out of coconut leaves on the spot for you, all while rowing… One of the very few touristic attractions that I’d actually say were very enjoyable! (Although not sure how locals might feel about it) The next pictures of my friends says it all...🙄
coconut stranding | An Bang Beach, Vietnam | These basket boats are used by the fishermen. Don't they remind you of coconut shells? Damn I miss having cold coconuts by the beach, enjoying the sound of the waves and barely any people passing by. Best beach I've ever been to.
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Great cycling through this amazing city. Including a visit local rice fields, the oldest man living in the village, a basket boat ride where we were made rings out of bamboo leaves and then a small boat trip to see the sunset 🚴🏼♀️🌅
Floating down the Mekong River in my basket boat. 🏞🐟
Did you know that the Mekong is home to one of the biggest freshwater fish in the world... the Mekong giant catfish.
The catfish are critically endangered because of over-fishing and, from habitat loss and degradation as a result of damming and forest clearance.