Chúc mừng sinh nhật (Happy Birthday) Bob


imageJanuary 21st – Bob’s birthday! We started the day off with a delicious bowl of Pho  Ga (pronounced Fa) for breakfast. This is the traditional Vietnamese soup that is found in almost every restaurant. Biking to the beach was next on the agenda, so we rented bikes & headed out of Hoi An, past the rice paddies & lush gardens to Cua Dia beach, some 5 kilometres from our Homestay. The beach goes on forever, was relatively clean, quite deserted & had numerous basket boats waiting for the hoards of tourists who are no doubt elbow to elbow on warmer days. A walk was in order & the crashing waves were enjoyed while discovering some very interesting artifacts no doubt washed ashore following the recent typhoon. image We continued on our trip riding past the big beach side resorts & into small villages. We had read about the Hoi An Blind Massage & decided to look it up & treat ourselves to a full body treatment. Quang, the owner lost his eyesight from some left over explosives from the war. Along with is wife Thu, they are professionally trained image& work to support themselves & help other blind therapists to live independently.  We had the best 1 hour full body massage for a whopping $5.00 each!image The areas outside the town of Hoi An are lush with vegetable fields, ice paddies & herb gardens.  The rows of vegetation are so well maintained & the colours vivid.

After a 15K ride we headed back into town to explore the different districts & ended up in to day market. Quite interesting, needless to say.  I think the pictures will give you a good idea of the various wares the street vendors were hawking.

We finished off the day by having dinner at Secrets Garden, an intimate little restaurant with wonderful Vietnamese dishes. According to Bob, best birthday ever!



Author: Theresa & Bob

We love to wander, aimlessly at times it seems, and will keep moving as far and as long as we can. Serendipity has provided many wonders along the way, when least expected, and we love the anticipation of the 'next great find' just around the corner.

5 thoughts on “Chúc mừng sinh nhật (Happy Birthday) Bob”

  1. Got 2 postings within 5 mins of each other…oh well… Beach looks great to explore. Bob must of been in his element with some of the treasures he could have brought home! Interesting shopping by the looks of things. Be safe!

    1. Hi Brenda – can hardly wait to come home & cooking Vietnamese for our next dinner together. Purchased some a chop stick set at the market, we have both mastered them, so game on for you guys LOL. Will try to write a blog on the food, it is all so good. Miss you!

  2. I just love reading your posts. So descriptive & informative. And you are not missing a beat. Keep them coming…I have forwarded them onto others to enjoy. Be safe, have fun and keep digging into that bucket list. Imagine a massage for $5 and the story behind it! Theresa, you could write for a travel magazine. Super!

    1. Thanks Martha! We are having a blast, hard to believe we have only been gone for two weeks…so much to see & do.

  3. Happy Birthday Bob! Looking good too! I’m sure your gift must have gotten lost in the mail…Enjoy the experience as we’re enjoying your blog!

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