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Published: November 23rd 2010
If there weren't so many tailors you would think you had holes in your pockets as Hoi An is a town where spending money comes easily. Suits, jackets, shoes, bags and pretty much anything you can imagine can be made in 24 hours so for once the backpackers take on a smart appearance.
When not buying clothes, the ancient city has many charms and you can easily spend days wandering round the alleyways imagining how Vietnam used to be.
With far fewer motorbikes than Saigon, Tom and I decided to take the plunge and follow the example of the locals and travel on two wheels. Following the Ho Chi Minh trail we travelled 320 km through beautiful countryside, with tea plantations, forests and waterfalls. We dodged the landslides and the cinnamon which had been laid out on the road to dry and rested at local villages.
While both proud of our new learnt skills - James Dean needn't worry as we barely made it above 30kmph and had the smallest scooter going which rattled and growled at any slight incline.
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