Hoi An, Vietnam

Trip Start Oct 03, 2008
Trip End Sep 06, 2009

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We arrived in Hoi An in the morning after another terrible overnight bus ride.  This bus ride was worse for Kristi, but Darren took enough Tylenol PM to not be bothered with the annoyances.  Half of the bus was suited for sleeping with the other half for sitting.  We had "sleeping seats", but had seven people trying to sleep in five spots.  They let a few locals on a full bus without requiring a ticket from them.  The roads got pretty bad, which made for a bumpy ride in the back of the bus. 

When we arrived in Hoi An we saw Ed and Elaine again.  It was nice to see familiar friendly faces after having such a horrific bus ride.  They flew Vietnam Air, we should have followed their lead.

After napping, we took a walk around town and went to the market.  We ate at a little food stall alongside the road.  Then Darren hooked us into a tailor shop and then pawned them off on Kristi.  So, Kristi finds she wants some skirts and Darren decides it's time to leave and "maybe we'll come back in the morning".  We did end up leaving and continued to walk around, but end up walking by the shop again and they rope us back in.  We end up ordering skirts for Kristi and shirts for Darren.  She had fun measuring Darren. 

One evening at dinner we met Mr. Trung.  He was our waiter who did tours of his fishing and pottery village during the day.  We agreed to do the tour with him the next day, and he and his friend picked us up on their motor scooters and took us in to the village.  We visited the village kindergarten, and then the fisherman who were cleaning their boats.  Because of Tet (Lunar New Year), the fisherman were not out at sea.  Mr. Trung told us that each of the boats had a set of painted eyes on the front to look out for monsters in the sea.  We then tried out the pottery portion of our tour.  One lady spun the wheel with her foot while the other lady made the pottery.  We both were given a try with some help from the Vietnamese pottery maker.  Before lunch, we had some fishing to do.  Mr. Trung gathered up two helpers, some fishing poles, and some worms.  We caught several fish in the river with the help of our little friends.  We ended our tour with lunch at Mr. Trung's house.  His wife made us a great meal.

The next day before going to the beach we decided to get some new shoes for our fishing helpers.  The task was trying to find the village again.  Kristi had the girl's address to mail her some pictures upon our return to the US, so at least we had that to go on.  We stopped at a few places along the way to ask for directions.  We finally found the village, but had to ask a few more people where her house was.  We had several people in the village helping us and when we found her house, she wasn't there.  Then they went out looking for her.  We found her and gave her some new flip flops to thank her for helping us the previous day.  She then helped us find the boy.  We gave him the pair of flip flops and thanked him for his help.  We could tell he didn't know what to do with them.  He decided to throw one of them down the road.  We didn't know what to do but laugh.  Darren thought about throwing his shoes down the road to join him.  We left the villagers and thanked them. 

After leaving the village we headed on to Cua Dai beach.  We went to a quiet part of the beach with a few small restaurants and maybe a handful of people.  This beach was pretty peaceful.  We took a long walk on the beach and came across a washed up dead pig (see photo), and some fisherman going out to sea in these little saucer-like row boats. We hoped to make it back the next day, but it rained.   

*In regards to the tailor we used, Darren's snap fell off his shirt after putting it on and the store would not fix it or refund any of our money.  She claimed it couldn't be fixed because the tailor was off for Tet.  However, she still wouldn't refund any of our money.  If you're reading this and going to Hoi An, do not use HOAN THANH. 
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