Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Trip Start Nov 25, 2004
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Trip End Jan 26, 2005


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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! We were very excited as Hoi An was our first real beachy place that we'd been! We took the train from Hue to Danang early morning which was a really scenic journey following the coastline most of the way and it was great because the closer we got to Danang, the more the sun started to shine! Yipppeee! On arrival in Danang we got hounded by MOTO's once again...causing Paul to have stern words which got rid of them!

Vietnam is really geared up for the tourist trail which makes it really difficult to try and make your own way by public transport which in Thailand and Laos had been easy peasy so we encountered major hassle and touts trying to rip us off when we attempted to take the normal bus to Hoi An. Top tip: if you're travelling in Vietnam accept that its easier, cheaper and you'll see more if you take the tourist buses! Booooo!

We arrived in Hoi An late afternoon and spent the next day chilling on the beach!! Nice! Paul surfed some waves and it was highly amusing at lunch as he reached the culinary heights of using a bottle opener to eat crab! Fine dining at its best!

The next day we explored the Cham ruins at My Son just outside Hoi An - most of which had been seriously damaged during the war. It was a beautiful setting with a mountain backdrop and surrounded by forests.

Hoi An is a great little town, very relaxed and there are shops everywhere where they can tailor make clothes! They'd even find something to fit you Mr Jepp! The old town has some really old buildings which they have to maintain in the traditional style which makes it one of the most traditional towns in Vietnam. Very beautiful!
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