Beautiful Hoi An

Trip Start Dec 20, 2008
Trip End Sep 12, 2009

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

After spending a few relaxing days in Mui Ne we took a 4 hr bus to the town of Nha Trang. Its a busy touristy town on the beach, where we spent 2 nights. While we  were there we went to chekc out a pagoda. We arrived intime to see about 40 monks walking into the pagoda for their noon time prayers. IT was beautiful to see them all lined up chanting, wearing thier bright orange smocks. Even though we couldn't understand anything that they were  saying it was really quite touching to watch. Kinda gave you goosebumps.

We then walked up to huge buddha on the top of the hill. Had a great view of the city and surrounding areas but was sort of hard to enjoy with all the vendors hounding us. IT starts to get quite trying with all the beggars and vendors constantly  asking us for money. We try to help out but you just can't give to everyone.

We then took a 13 hr overnight bus to Hoi An and arrived a few days ago. We LOVE Hoi An. Its a great town based around the river and only a 20 min pedal bike ride to the beautiful sandy beach. The town is a UNESCO heritage site and is over 1000yrs old and was one of the first Chinese settlements in the country. ITs got a great feel to it, its really charming, especially at night with all the chinese lanterns lit up in the trees and streets.

Hoi  An's claim to fame is the hundreds of tailor shops and custom made shoe shops. It is a sure way of spending a tone of money that we don't have so Will has been keeping me on a tight leash! We both got a few small things made but nothing crazy. We felt like celebrities going to our tailor everynight for fittings! hahhaha... there were 4 or 5 women fussing around taking all of our measurements.

The beach here is great and is one of the last places with a sandy beach that we are going to in Vietnam so we are making good use of it. It costs less then a $1 a day to rent a great bike (with a basket!) to cruise through the rice paddies to the beach. We met a great couple from NZ on the beach the other day and have been hanging out them then since. The beach vendors are loving Emma and I since we are both suckers for shopping.

We went to a little pub the other night and ended up speding all night with a group of local Vientamese who where celebrating their friends birthday. They had a small feast of some "pork" and soup base but we werent too sure of what it was. Turns out it was congeled pigs blood and who knows what else. It was an interesting night out and makes for some good stories!

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