Hoi An Easy Riders

Trip Start Feb 13, 2011
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lazy Sunday in beautiful Hoi An, just the day to go to the beach. By luck the Hotel shuttle bus is due to leave so we get in and get the driver to drop us off at the Victoria Resort where I looked at staying. Our driver was previously employed there and points out the Hotel motorbike and sidecar that we can hire to take us back to the Old Town when we are ready. After a look around the hotel and a walk along the beach we arrange to book the bike for an hour to drive us down to another resort, The Nam Hai, which is reported to be the best resort in Vietnam. Now this place is spectacular and lives up to it's reputation but appears to be nearly deserted, as the cheapest room in low season is $650 a night I can't understand why.

We walk around the place past the three infinity pools that lead down to the beach and have a drink at one of the bars by the pool and soak up the atmosphere, this is us. As we go to leave our driver has arranged for the Nam Hai to show us through one of the four bedroom villas as we are looking to stay here on our next golf trip. Just when you think you have seen it all the villa is something out of the rich and famous. Each bedroom is in a separate building with sea views, the place has it's own pool and butler that lives on site and cooks all your meals and looks after everything. All this for just $3000 per night for up to eight guests, bargain.

As we ride out of the resort we get about 500 meters down the road and the bike stops, it appears that Nam Hai boys have sabotaged the fuel lines as joke. Our man soon gets it going and we head into town in great fashion, definitely a highlight of our stay in Hoi An.

It is time to collect the clothes and shoes that we ordered from the markets and all goes well and does not need any further work so we head off back to the Hotel to drop off our booty. As we go past the restaurant we see that the special of the day is a Chicken and Lemongrass Pizza with garlic and oyster sauce, sounded good and tasted even better.

The afternoon is filled by more walking and exploring the back streets of Hoi An followed by dinner at Morning Glory which is highly rated in the guide books. They are off to a bad start as they lost our booking for a table on the balcony, but manage to fit us in near the balcony so we look daggers at the ungrateful pricks that have our table, not that we are upset. We order BBQ pork ribs with a lemongrass & sesame salad plus Roast duck breast with a thick five spice sauce and banana flower salad, all pretty good but not great. The place is packed with tourists who all read the same guide books but we would not rate it as a must do. This is followed by a long walk home where we make one last purchase and make the shopkeeper's night with a late sale of a $5 golf shirt.

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mr.dudley on

Just when you think your adventure is going to slow down you pull out a bike ride you two are the best adventure travellers anywhere why did you two not apply to Amazing Race it would have been a walk in the park.How about the $3000 a night room , just about clean up the Vietnam national debt with a weeks stay Keep up the excellent blogging and stay safe

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