The never-ending adventures of a travel writer in Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Strange Developments

By some standards, this new hotel may be Mui Ne's first high-rise building, at 11 floors (if we can believe the architect's rendering on the sign). I thought there was a regulation that no building could be higher than the tallest coconut trees, but apparently, if that ever was a regulation, it has gone out the window. It looks like it will be a nice building. No doubt this will be the start of a new trend in development for the beach.

New construction in the middle of the beach. Looks to be a seafood stand perhaps. I was always told this stretch belonged to the government, to be administrated as a park, but apparently this was or is no longer true. Seafood canteens have begun sprouting up in this area. The secret of their popularity is not only good food, but cheap food. A few smart folks finally learned that if you don't make foreigners pay more than locals, you actually get more customers.

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