Hoi An

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

What to do in a place when it's raining? Leave and as soon as possible! That is exactly what we did today. Decided to head a bit further south to Hoi An to see if the weather was any better. It wasn't.

Pretty short 5 hour journey and once we arrived in Hoi An we were of course ushered straight to one of their partner hotels. Now the one they showed us was pretty nice. Big rooms, bath tub!, swimming pool but it was too expensive and ridiculously far out from the centre of town. I don't care if they offer free bicycles, I want to be able to walk into town!

So we were driven to the next hotel which was closer to town but still as expensive. It was clear that we were just going to be taken from hotel to hotel so we jumped off, took our bags and went in search of a place nearby, ignoring the touts and moto drivers!

The hotels in Hoi An are of a very high standard, easily the most luxurious of any we have stayed in so far. Found a plush place with a large room, ESPN and BBC World for $7 again. Sadly no bath tub though.

Now there is only one reason to visit Hoi An, shopping, and that is exactly what I intended to do. Sure it's a nice enough little town but everyone only comes here for the shopping. I was sick of my clothes and needed some new ones.

I expected to see a few tailors but they are literally everywhere! Every shop was a tailors and we just chose one at random. Flicked through the catalogues but with mens clothing it is pretty much all the same so we just looked at the fabrics on offer and just said long/short sleeved. I only wanted a couple of shirts but she sweet talked me into buying 4 shirts and a suit! Why the hell do I need a suit when travelling! Dave fared worse and ended up buying 7 shirts and 2 suits! Either way it was all dirt cheap and I spent all the dollars I had left from Laos, $57.

It was raining again so we took refuge in our room and started watching BBC World. Top Gear came on so we grabbed a beer before heading out into town. We got chatting to another Aussie couple, Nicole and Paul. It seems Vietnam is the cheapest place to go on holiday for Australians as they are everywhere. Sat around chatting and drinking Bia Hoi (Fresh draught beer at about 6p a pint) until the small hours.
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