The place to eat and dress like a King on a backpackers budget...
26.08.2010 - 29.08.2010 32 °C
Another night bus to Hoi An - this time we knew what to expect so I didn't find it too bad, but Cal is still determined the next overnight journey we take is by train.
We arrived about 6:30am, and were fairly sure that our bus drivers were a dodgy pair - Cal is convinced someone had a look in his backpack, but luckily we keep all our valuables on us.
Again we were able to check into our room almost straight away which allowed us to have a few hours decent sleep. Staying at Thanh Van Hotel just on the edge of the old town. Hotel is lovely, staff are nice and there is a pool! Which has proved to be a good choice seeing as it has been roasting hot the last few days.
During our time in Hoi An, we've eaten like kings on a paupers budgets. Food here is incredible, and we've found beer here for 15p! It's pretty good too!
Cal had a pair of leather shoes made for $45, and I have to say we were both pleasantly surprised by how nice they turned out. I toyed with the idea of having a dress made, but I don't know what I want and couldn't see anything I really loved so decided against it. But there are plenty tailors here who will rattle you up whatever you like.
We've stopped at plenty cafes for drinks, to cool down and enjoy watching the people walking by. We did the historic sights in the old town, which has so much character. I'm not sure you have to by the tickets though....we did but met lots of people who just strolled on in.
We went to the beach where Cal got horribly sunburned - just because your in the shade doesn't mean you don't have to put suncream on! So he's spent the last two days in agony due to his very pink chest.
We loved Hoi An so much we decided to stay an extra night, today we're going to do a cooking class at Green Moss. I'm pretty sure we'll not be able to recreate the delicious food we've had here but we can try!
I think it's easy to get carried away in hoi an, the beautiful old houses, the cafe culture, the delicious food and the locals all make you want to stay just that little bit longer. Unfortunately we have to keep on moving and tmrw we'll be getting the bus to Hue - only a 3 hr journey. We're only there for one night before another long trip to our final desitination in Hanoi.
I think it's safe to say at this point, that Vietnam is my favourite country in South East Asia and I'm glad we kept it till last!