Hoi An

Trip Start May 31, 2008
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

We took a night bus from Nha Trang to Hoi An.  It was a sleeper bus which was a very nice way to travel - we got to sleep in what amounted to a single bed on the bus.  Way better than those cramped airplane seats!

Hoi An was one of our favorite destinations in Vietnam so far.  It's small, filled with history, charming, and very relaxing.  We spent our first day walking around the Old Town (a Unesco World Heritage Sight) and taking in the Japanese and Chinese inspired architecture and culture.  Hoi An was one of Southeast Asia's major international ports from the 17th to 19th centuries.  We saw a couple getting their wedding photos taken in some cute poses in the Old Town.  The tourists loved them!

We also saw some traditional handicrafts being made.  It's pretty amazing to see how fast and methodical these women are at churning out pottery and handicrafts.

The highlight of this little town was eating the great seafood, having dinner overlooking the river, and most fun, looking into the tailor shops and getting some clothes made.  You can get anything you would like, from suits to winter coats tailor made for you in a matter of days.  The quality and designs are impressive, and any clothe-aholic's dream.  Latha got two skirts and a shirt made.  If only she had more room in her backpack!  :)

We lucked out by being in the city on one of the most hopping nights of the month - the full moon festival.  The streets were filled with little boys performing Dragon dances, street vendors, and what seemed like a million motorbikes!

We rented a bike one day and cycled 5km to the stunning beach.  It was so fun swimming in the warm water, and walking on the very white (and quite hot!) beach.  We decided at the last minute to extend our time in Hoi An to include a beach day, and we are very glad we did!  This was the first time we rented a bike, and it was a very leisurely way to see the city and surrounding farm area.
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