Our Central Vietnam Experience
Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
74Trip End Dec 23, 2010
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The next day was tour day which included a river cruise along the perfume river taking in various tombs and Pagodas including Thien Mu Pagoda (one of the oldest and most iconic in Vietnam), Ming Mang tomb, Khai Dinh tomb and Tu Duc Tomb - by the end of the day we were all tombed out and decided on a western dinner for a change of scenery - Mmmmmmmmm pasta and pizza (you just have to love home comforts sometimes!!!)
Our stay in Hue was very short and due to the heavy rains all the trains were cancelled so we hooked up with some fellow travellers and rented a taxi to take us through to China Beach
With some much needed downtime under our belts, we headed to Hoi An - the 'Tailor' capital of Vietnam making made-to-measure clothes for a fraction of what they would cost at home, also known for it's art and crafts, shops, great restaurants and the famous Red Bridge Cooking School.
Unfortunatly being on a tight budget there were no purchases of clothes much to Kate's annoyance but having a half day cooking course at Red Bridge was a treat that made up for it. The course started off with a walk through the local market taking in all the herbs, veggies and meats that are used in vietnamese cooking. We then boarded a small boat and cruised through to the school where we were greated by a crazy chef that taught us for 3 hours and had us laughing at his one liner western jokes
After the course it was back to Hoi An city center where there was a total of 10 minutes sight seeing and it was then straight to the beer houses with some friends that we had met in China Beach. 14 Beers + 1 Mojito = £1.30 - it is actually cheaper to drink beer here than to drink bottled water - HAPPY DAYS!!! Needless to say after copious amounts of beers and mojitos, the bicyle ride home was interesting - we made it though - so don't stress there will be more blogs along the way as we know our blogs are keeping you on the edge of your seats and you can't wait to get them.
Next stop Southern Vietnam and perhaps a qualification or two???????