So many activities!

Trip Start Jan 16, 2013
Trip End Aug 18, 2013

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Flag of Vietnam  , Quang Nam province,
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

So I've had an amazing few days. Expensive but worth the money. The food tasting course was great, probably the best activity I've done on my whole trip. Our guide was this 65 year old Australian expat who is pretty much the coolest guy I've ever met. I think if you let him he could talk for 24 hours without stopping. He took us on a walk through the Ancient Town, starting at the market and finishing at his restaurant. He knew all the street vendors that we stopped at and was high-fiving all of them. It was so funny watching him flirting with all the 80 y/o women who run the stalls.

We sampled loads of the street food which was all absolutely delicious. There were no tourists about too which made it a really great experience. Ended at his restaurant where we had even more food, bringing the total number of dishes for the day to 40. You would think that would be hard to finish but a few hours later I was hungry again. The food is not filling, unless you have rice, so you can just snack all day without feeling full. Learnt loads about the culture of Vietnam and how food plays such a prominent role. So glad I decided to do it.

Next day was another early start to go on a bicycle tour. The company was really popular but for some reason I was the only person on the tour. I thought that might be less fun but it was great talking to my guide and being able to ask loads of questions. We cycled 9km around the Vietnamese countryside, stopping at various places to observe the locals in their jobs.

I got to get in a 'basket boat', a bowl shaped boat made out of bamboo, and paddle down a river which was cool. Also got to help make sleeping mats with these women who have been doing it all their lives. It felt so good to ride a bike again after so long, especially through the crazy roads of Vietnam.

Very please with my tailored shirts, they fit perfectly. Also got a pair of jeans made but had to send it all back to the UK because I don't have room in my bag. Could have sent it by sea but that would've taken 4 months so had to pay 1 million dong to send it by air.

Really tired after a couple of early starts so today I didn't get out of bed until the afternoon. Went for a haircut which was a pretty weird experience. It started normally but then this guy got out a straight razor to cut the back of my hair. It now feels really weird but I think it looks alright. He also splashed some aftershave on my neck and gave me a shoulder massage. All for £2! Never had a haircut quite like that.

Leaving Hoi An tomorrow on another bus. Thankfully it's only 4 hours to Hue so I don't have to get a sleeper. Really enjoyed my time in Hoi An. I think I've decided that Vietnam is my favourite country so far.
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simonandtally on

Hiya James, you don't know us but we are randomer fellow Brits doing a similar tour of east Asia starting next week. Really losing the sound of that food experience thing you wrote about...and chance of a bit of info if we wanted to do it? Loved all your blogs :-)

simonandtally on

Loving* not losing lol

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