Perfect town for a little R&R

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August 2nd 2012
Published: August 4th 2012
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The morning I woke up in Hue before my motorbike journey to Hoi An, I was not really feeling 100% and actually had a really runny nose. Sure enough, by the time I got to my hostel in Hoi An, I knew I had a full blown cold and I was not to happy about that. While I blame it on the freezing train ride I had a couple days before, I know that my rather intense travel schedule the past week or so has left me a lot less rested and on lots of buses, trains, etc which are just breeding grounds for a cold. But I could not have picked a better city to get sick in.

Hoi An is also a UNSECO place where the charming downtown is perfect for strolling, browsing and shopping, or just people watching. Only 4 km from the city center are gorgeous beaches as well which combine to make the area perfect for a little R&R. The only downside of this perfect resort town is that as such, it is rather expensive by Vietnam standards and is really difficult to find cheap hostels. So instead, I splurged a little and went for a single room at a two star hotel that had a nice pool and included a delicious buffet breakfast. It was a perfect place for me to shake off my cold.

If I felt needed one, or just wanted a cool souvenir, I would have also gone for a custom made suit, which is Hoi An is also known for. Every others shop is eager for your business and want to make you a tailor fitted anything. Many people come here and stock up with anywhere from 2 to 20 suits, shirts, or dresses for bargain prices. While it wouldn't be a bad idea for me to get one, I both didn't really have the budget or room for one (yet alone 20!) Instead I decided to simply spend my time recouping on the beach and wandering the scenic and traffic free town. Happy to report, I am almost back to full operation for my journey through Cambodia next after a quick stop in Ho Chi Minh city.

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Lots of birdsLots of birds
Lots of birds

They are valued on the noise they make and how pretty it sounds

6th August 2012

Glad to hear that you are feeling better! The beaches look beautiful! Be sure to wash you hands a lot and be careful of what you eat. Miss you!

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