Hoi An: Culture Vultures
Trip Start Jan 18, 2011
74Trip End Dec 01, 2011
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Another overnight bus took us from Hanoi to Hoi An and the town feels like a million miles away instead of 400 odd KM. Hardly any mopeds or traffic in comparison and beautiful little alleys and beaches and a nice river - it really feels like a totally different country! The town is famed for cheap tailors and has over 200 tailor shops apparently.
I decided to get a couple of dresses and a jacket made up (a bargain at £50 for the 3 items). On going back for my first fitting, the woman had got the fabrics and styles mixed up and wouldn't do anything about it - instead blaming me!
One of the dresses was so horrible it looked like a Japanese Geisha outfit. After some footstamping and evil glances they worked the dresses into something nicer so it kind of worked out. It wasn't the best experience though - I would not recommend Nhi Nhi tailors!
Hoi An is a world heritage site with tons of old buildings, temples and assembly halls. We visited a few, taking frequent breaks since it was so hot.. In the Fujian Assembly hall where the rich Chinese merchants splashed out on a nice meeting area/temple, there were lots of large spiral incense burners. Inside them were wishes that locals had made, presumably for a donation.
One afternoon we hired bikes for a dollar each and cycled to the beach, and very nice it was. Very clean and lots of restaurants - Hoi An really has a lot going for it. I wished we could have stayed longer pootling about, but our flight to Hong Kong is only a few days away and there's lots of ground to be covered.
Over and Out, Lisa x