Looks like a Vietnamese huh?...
Looks like a Vietnamese huh? This is a small town at the seaside called Hoi An, very beautiful place. Most of Vietnam are like a construction site but not this one, Hoi An is really beautiful. On our way to Da Nang, we met 2 very noisy and smelly German tourists drinking endless beers and smoking non-stop cigarettes on our bus, until one passenger knocking his chair from behind say would you please stop smoking, then later we stop for lunch, these 2 Germans started drinking again, talking as loud as WCW wrestlers from this table acrossing that table, one of the table they met an American couple, a good opportunity to perform their talking skills now, the German guy said something like 'Look at what the American did here during the war, I really really hate those American politicians...bomb here there...' another guy from another table walk to the German saying something like be quiet then they started a war, the German said 'I hate stupid people, you know stupid peoples....' I was sitting there watching the show also listening to those stories.
old buildings everywhere
someone told me that vietnam was under china for thousand years, so it's logic to find chinese style buildings there.
but also vietnam was french colony for 100 years, in hoi an which i thought only for chinese style building has some french style of building too. they're old and some of them are not reserved. but they're beautiful :)
The best massage in town
The best massage in town is performed by a lady in her fifties, whose name I have sadly forgotten, with only one eye and a great sense of humour; she lives in a simple house in the outskirts of Hoi An and was once married to an American. Her father was an acupuncturist and she learned from him all about the pressure/power points to be touched in the human body.
We found her by chance - since she deosn't have a massage parlour nor dviertises her services in the market, like many other. She was recommended to us by Massimo, the owner of the Good Morning Vietnam restaurant.. and what a great massage it was. If you want a great no-frills massage, go and ask him to call her for you.
You won't find a massage table or a bed - just some wooden planks in her simple house that she uses as a bed... and outside her hair-dressing shop (pictured in the photo).
Squatting is a way of life in my Third World countries and Vietnam is no exception. Though this habit probably began out of necessity of not having anything to sit on, it is probably a healthy alternative to our more sedentary lifestyle. Women especially are seen in what seems an uncomfortable position for hours on end. I found the ones out on the boats especially graceful.
Ba Le Well
Also called Kiet Well, this well is one of the most famous ancient wells of the Cham people in Hoi An. It was dug around the 10th century and features a square mouth. It is a very special thing that only the water of this well can be used for preparing Hoi An speciality of Cao Lau noodles.
Ba Le Well is situated in the garden of Mr. Ba Lo Le, about ten meters from Kiet Gieng Lane (which links Phan Chu Trinh Street and Tran Hung Dao Street).