|Elisse casts her fishing net!|
As Dan and I like "active" excursions, where we can actually "do" things and learn stuff, we deliberately chose these two excursions, (which the Nam Hai Resort had sent us information on, prior to our arrival), as they were truly unique, and allowed us to not only learn about traditional Vietnamese agricultural practices, but to actually DO them, and have a lot of fun in the process! I've wanted to go to sea in a basket fishing boat ever since seeing them on the shore in Qui Nhon back in 2008 (see my blog posts on our trip through Vietnam after April 2008), and this time I got my chance! And they are amazing (and fun) little boats!
We started the day in the dockyard, watching people repair and do maintenance on the fishing boats, including Jack's. While our rice farm tour was given by another member of the team, Jack himself gave us this tour, as his expertise is in fishing, coming from a multi-generational fishing family that lives in this area.
|In the dockyard...|
|Traditional Vietnamese basket fishing boats...|
|Elisse and Dan, ready to fish!|
|Ready to fish- with a cooler full of beer! :-)|
|View from our boat...|
|The fishing couple who taught us to cast the nets...|
|Watching the net being perfectly cast...|
|How it's SUPPOSED to look...|
|Elisse gets ready to swing and cast the net...|
|Elisse casts the net!|
|Basket boat fun!|
|Elisse with her crown of palms, rowing in circles...|
|A barge full of palms, soon to be a roof... "Palm Paradise"...|
|Happy Dan! Our delicious seafood lunch on board!|
|This is why we love to travel!|
|Back at the lighthouse...|
|We raised and lowered the fishing net by pedaling with our feet!|
|Dan folds the net between his fingers...|
|readies the net...|
We had a great day with Jack and highly recommend this tour, too. He offers truly unique and well-planned tours that not only enable tourists to have fun while learning about traditional Vietnamese agriculture, they help his community by providing income and prosperity to the residents. The delightful (and patient!) fishing couple who taught us to cast the nets, as well as Jack, his assistant, and "Capt. Cook", were all good-natured, and seemed to genuinely enjoy the day, and how much pleasure we derived from the experience.
|...and Dan casts the fishing net!|
Yes, these tours are "Must Dos" when you go to Vietnam!