There are food stalls and local eateries everywhere in La Gi, and the food tastes good. There was no need to worry about food. Motorbike is a must.
Barbecued pork and banh mi in the morning. Total cost about 170 JPY.
Buy scallops for 500 JPY in the street. Seafood can be bought at local prices. The town is known for its seafood.
Binh Thuan also has many banh canh stalls. Light soup and thin, chewy noodles seem to be the standard.
Banh canh, VND 20,000 (95 JPY).
It was another windy day, but just right for exercising a dull body. It’s a bit risky, but I’m grateful to be able to surf in the empty ocean.
In the town of La Gi, ducks are quite common, as are buffaloes, chickens and dogs. It is soothing to see so many animals. There are a lot of insects, though.
There are grasslands everywhere and cattles are used to semi-grazing during the day.
Asphalt roads are not well maintained yet. When it rains, they are sloppy, uneven and difficult to drive on.
Fishing traps are being repaired. Children are often seen helping their families.
The area around the fishing port is the centre of life and the centre of the town. Markets and banks are concentrated in this area.
After fishing, all the people work together. The fish caught in the nets are collected in baskets and the nets are folded. The carpet of rubbish in the image sinks into the sea at high tide. Styrofoam and other debris floats in the sea inside the fishing port.
They successfully bundled the nets and prepared for the next fishing trip. Again, there were children at work here.
Ducks for sale in La Gi market.
Vietnamese style breakfast at the market. Fish, squid, pork, all tasty. Costed VND 40,000 (180 JPY).
Che is a classic Vietnamese dessert. Get che with rice cake and sweet bean paste for VND 10,000 (45 JPY).
A good, slightly stronger swell came in that day and the onshore monsoon wind was light, so we did a surf spot search.
It is always exciting to see a wave that looks like it could be surfable for the first time in a new place. Even if it is onshore. In today’s world where the internet has spread and the surfer population has increased, a place where there are no surfers is precious.
There was a faint hint of a surfing culture here. One surfer was also found.
水Buffalo driven wagon. This area seems to be a tourist attraction for locals.
This appears to be surfboards for rent. There are waves that look rideable, but there are no surfers. There may be surfers depending on the time of year.
Seafood stalls are crammed onto the beach. Vietnamese karaoke is also going on. I think this is another local tourist attraction.
It is soothing to be in rural Vietnam, where animals are frequently seen. This spot was a place where I would have wanted to do one round of surfing if I had a surfboard. Let’s come back next time.
(Surf trip record: La Gi, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam – August 2019)