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the colours of Mui Ne I
the colours of Mui Ne I (12)
Trip Date:2008-08-01 - 2008-08-24
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Countries visited:Vietnam
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Comparing then and now there are many differences, we even felt a bit nostalgic about the CAN THO of before at times, but thank god (or whoever) the spirit of the people has not changed...and neither has their wonderful food!

Five major changes:

1. the Ninh Kieu quayside has got a major face-lift, with the main market broken up and its main building now housing a fancy restaurant and souvenir stalls, surprisingly there also seem to be less tourist bars on the Ninh Kieu

2. the public xeloi's (motorbikes with a carriage for passengers attached on the back) have been outlawed, they only come out at night...and we miss them VERY much! there now is a rather efficient public bus system, though this service stops way too early

3 urban development, there's massive construction works going on with new residential areas being created all over, there are several new city centers, neighbourhoods and what used to be small lanes have sometimes been converted into major roads

4 enormous trucks now drive through the towns main streets

5 on the extremely dangerous road from Can Tho to HCMC they have put up concrete divider roadblocks in the middle of the most dangerous parts, so cars, busses and trucks can no longer overtake against the traffic on the other half of the road

We also visited wonderful TRA VINH, a town and province in the delta with beautiful Khmer heritage that is still pretty much untouched by any mainstream tourism. If you want to get off the beaten track in the delta, this is a very rewarding place to go to, but you'd probably need wheels to get around.

And MUI NE...well, our trusty Palmira Resort is still in good shape, but there's A LOT of competition. When we first got to Mui Ne in 1999, we had to take a bus from HCMC's northern bus terminal to Phan Thiet and then jump on the back of someone's motorbike (a lovely 'xe om') to get us across to Mui Ne. Now, as we were having a 'caphe su da', we stopped counting tourist busses after we'd gotten to 40!! If you want peace and quiet at Mui Ne, it's still possible, but you'd better avoid the weekends.
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