Dykes on Bikes in Hoi An
Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
138Trip End May 01, 2013
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We got on our bikes, freely hired from the hotel, and headed out to explore the streets of Hoi An, Paula excitedly threw her legs apart letting the peddles swirl and sang 'Doe, a deer, a female deer....' and let her saddle bags rub vigorously as she went.
Exploring the streets of the ancient Hoi An old town on two wheels wasn't as scary as we first imagined - when you get to intersections you just close your eyes and keep going..sorted!
We rode for a while with the sun on our backs, across bridges to neighbouring islets, over ancient Japanese bridges guarded by monkeys and bears and through narrow streets with beautiful crumbling architecture
After a while the culture got a bit too much and we stopped down by the waterfront for a nice cold beer.
Feeling fully refreshed we rode to a charity shop that Jack and Pauline had mentioned the day before called 'Reaching Out' which seeks to help disabled or mentally ill Vietnamese people earn money with dignity by creating craft and other artwork. It was quite humbling and a real inspiration as the workers were clearly cared for and valued - they were working away happily together in an open workshop next to the shop. We bought some gorgeous handmade notebooks to make a bit of a contribution to the cause and then went on our way.
We decided to cycle to the beach and along the way Vikki selected, what turned out to be, the most expensive restaurant in the area to have a late lunch. We sat in a lovely dining area with all the waiting staff to ourselves still sweating from cycling in the midday sun and looking like we couldn't afford a street kebab! They looked at us with some amusement as we ordered our meals and a bottle of French wine as an accompaniment!
As it happened, the meal was mediocre and the wine was a little corked - we were surprised that they charged so much for this pleasure! Hey ho - this is Vietnam, and we made a mental note to try and live a little more like backpackers in the future - the street food is much better!
After lunch we cycled to the beach and no sooner had we arrived than someone was trying to charge us to park our bikes! Well screw that! We hopped on our bikes and rode the 5km along the coast road back to our hotel to relax and pack away our stuff ahead of a 5am airport transfer scheduled for tomorrow...