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The Fisherman’s Village and more…Hoi An

We headed up the Thu Bon river to the fisherman’s village. This place is just so picturesque.  Just taking photos of people going about their everyday lives is a beautiful postcard.

A fisherman casting his net

A fisherman casting his net

The fishing village is an area where all of the people have nets out in the water near their houses. They raise and lower their nets below the water, 4-5 times in 24 hours, hoping to catch fish. It takes over an hour to lower them down, and most of their fishing is done during the night hours. They fish to feed their families. If they catch more, they sell the fish, to buy rice, fruits, and vegetables. It’s not commercial fishing…it’s a way to live. There were nets all along the shoreline.

Checking the nets

Checking the nets.

This spoke raises and lowers the nets into the water.

This spoke raises and lowers the nets into the water.

Climbing under the nets to move the fish to the center hole to catch them, hoping a bird doesn't swoop down and get it first.

Climbing under the nets to move the fish to the center hole to catch them, hoping a bird doesn’t swoop down and get it first.

We went to the Kim Bong village which is the center hub for wood carving and boat making.  Skilled craftsmen have worked at this for over 40 years making $350 per month.

Hand carving wood.

Hand carving wood.

On the river.

On the river.

The farmer's market.

The farmer’s market.

A noontime trip to the Traque Organic Village showed is one of the largest organic farms in Hoi An, and provided us with cooking class with fresh ingredients along with a fabulous lunch.  We really enjoyed Hoi An.  It’s charming and quaint and it’s full of life.  It also has $10 massages, $1.25 bahn mi sandwiches, $2 taxi cab fares, and pants for $3-5.  There’s a lot to like here!!

Cooking class

Cooking class

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5 Comments

  1. $5 elephant pants would make a great gift…for someone’s Birthday…just sayin’.

  2. Susan

    I was going to ask if you got more pants. Are they the same as Thailand or different?

    • Hi Susan. The prints look similar but the fabric is different. They are more of a lightweight stretchy knit where the ones in Thailand and Cambodia are a thin cotton. I think we like the Thai/Cambodia ones better. They did have some of both fabrics in Ho Chi Minh City. Do you think ten pairs were enough? Haha!!

  3. dianneinroses@gmail.com

    It looks like you and Carol are becoming chefs.

    Sent from my iPhone

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