Getting Clothes made in Hoi An

Trip Start Jul 25, 2006
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Monday, September 18, 2006

After an overnight train-ride form Sa Pa to Hanoi (it arrived on-time at 5am), we had a few hours to kill before our flight to Hue. With all our bags with us we trudged over to Lenin Park (at ease, comrades!) to watch Hanoians at their most relaxed (Our guidebook's description). At 5:30 the park was bustling with activity with games of badminton everywhere, hundreds of people in every available space exercising and doing tai-chi. We stuck out with our backpacks and sleepy eyes but enjoyed an hour or so of people watching by the lake with a cup of coffee.

The flight to Hue was an easy 1hr and spared us another 8-12 hours on a train for not that much more money. In Hue we walked along the Perfume River and took a 7 hr cruise to see some ruins of the old monarchy. After a couple of days in Hue we were ready to move on.

We took a 3 1/2 hr bus through Da Nang to our current location Hoi An. Hoi An, to us at least, is Vietnam's version of Laos' Luang Prabang; a well preserved city historically and culturally thanks to its inclusion on Unesco's World Heritage Site. And it's super cute to boot!

We are also having some clothes made as Hoi An is famous for its tailors. This is evidenced by the fact that every third store is a tailor (then shoe maker, then restaurant...) - some comfortable travel clothes and some to ship home.
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