Published: September 26th 2007September 23rd 2007
First off thanks to all for leaving mesages and comments, we sure are getting a good laugh from them. So next stop on our travels was to the town of Hoi An in central Vietnam. First impresions here were not good. It seemed to be from the same place as those packake tourists resorts... the very depths of hell itself. Street after street of tailors and souviner shops. But as they say you should not judge a book by its cover and we ended up having a great time here. The first day we spent wandering around the old town area and along the river which is pretty picturesque. We later bumped into Thomas and his friend Wolfgang who had now joined him on his travels. We arranged to take a vietnamese cookery course at Bups Cafe 96 along the riverfront. What a laught this turned out to be. For $5 we were shown how to cook traditional spring rolls, squid salad and bbq fish in banana leafs. The best part was getting to eat it all afterwards. We were joined later by Heike and Alex who thomas had met earlier, So we decided to have a night
out on the town. Cocktail and beer flowing to the earlier hours..Post!!!(German or is it Bavarian for cheers I believe). We took motos to the beach on sunday for a lazy afternoon. The hawkers here were not a bad as we were expecting. They usually leave you alone after a minute or two. Its full moon festival here at the minute so the festivities are in full swing. Kids dressed up as dragons dancing to the beat of a drum being played by another kid being pushed around on a cart. So for $1 I managed to talk my way into a lesson from the kids at the beach. Finally, we couldnt blog from Hoi An without mentioning the Tailors. We were given a recommendation for a tailor shop Guys and Gals from people we had meet earlier. It turned out to be very entertaining indeed getting measured for the clothes we wanted made. The next day most of the clothes were ready for fitting, unbelievable. However as expected they did need a few alterations to fit more comfortably. On our final morning we had to go back to shop to collect our purchases. They organised a taxi to take
us to the post office to send our package home, take us back to th hotels to lift our bags and finally on to the airport. All free of charge. Oh I forgot to mention we were feed with full moon cakes before we left and got a lesson in vietnamese from the shop assistant.
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