Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue and Hoi An
Trip Start Apr 09, 2010
23Trip End Sep 07, 2010
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The following day we moved onto Hoi An, taking a pleasant $2 bus to the coastal town famed for it's tailoring industry. We made a stop off at a fantastic lake before making it to our destination. We found a decent hotel to stay at (Nhi Trang) before gearing up for 'tailor time'. Although Hoi An itself was not massive, there were literally hundreds of tailors lining the streets with small shops where you could have pretty much anything made. Jen plumped for a blue silk dress and a coat, James deciding upon a black cashmere suit, a couple of shirts and ties and a deal-making pair of linen shorts. We got measured up and by the following morning we were able to go for our fittings. We were both amazed by how quickly they were able to make everything, one of the ladies making Jen's dress said she was able to knock up 100 garments per day - impressive. So overjoyed at our purchases (my suit, shirts, ties and shorts coming to $100) we only just managed resisting the temptation to get even more made - James really wanting a tweed hunting jacket for his return to Ashdown Forest
We have stayed at some awesome places, but Hoi An definitely was challenging for the top spot, although not culturally overwhelming, the beach, the locals along with the food and drink made for an amazing experience. The 'garms' are currently on a 3-month cruise back to the UK at a bargain price ($20) - we just hope they arrive! As for us, it was time to head back to Laos, and we book ourselves onto a bus to Savannakhet. Vietnam had treated us well - perhaps more so than we originally expected. It would have been nice to sample a few more coastal towns further south, but as always, time had beaten us, and we only had 2 weeks before we are meant to be flying into Thailand (not Bangkok), and before then we had both Southern Laos and Cambodia to contend with.
Until next time boys and girls.