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Hoi An

Firstly, the night bus from Nha Trang to Hoi An…

It was our first experience of a Vietnamese night bus and it certainly was an interesting experience. The beds are like hospital beds with half of them raised 2 metres off the floor. It’s described on the ticket as a sleeper bus but I wouldn’t call it a sleeper bus as we didn’t really manage to get much sleep. This was because my bed was 6 inches shorter than everyone else’s bed! So, whilst the ‘gigantic’ Vietnamese people stretched out snugly in their seats, I arranged myself in the fetal position for the best part of 13 hours.

Night bus... hospital style

Night bus... hospital style

Moaning out of the way; the journey was definitely worth it as our destination – Hoi An, is a fantastic little town. It’s unlike any other place we have seen in Vietnam. It has character, is picturesque and is calm and relaxing. You can walk around the street freely without the fear of being run over by a motorbike. Every other shop is a tailor shop and so during our time in Hoi An we got some clothes made. They can basically make any item of clothing for you and you just have to choose the fabric and style you require. Hannah was in her element and the Vivienne Westwood in her came out as she designed herself two dresses. They were ready hours later and we were really impressed with the outcome. Whilst Hannah was designing her dress I was haggling with the shop owner over the price of some amazing lounging pants I’d seen. We saw them a couple more times later in the day and it turns out I was actually haggling for a pair of ladies trousers for myself!

We took the opportunity to get a made-to-measure suit each. At one stage Hannah considered getting hers done using the same colours and materials as mine but I managed to persuade her away from this idea as we may have ended up looking like a pair of lesbians at a prom! The suits came out brilliantly. The most impressive thing being the silk lining you could choose. I opted for electric blue whilst Hannah went for a bright red. Other the three days we went back and forwards for fittings and the final results were very good. We are now looking for an opportunity to wear them as soon as we get back to England. We are so desperate to wear them that we’re even considering wearing them for the plane journey home! Whilst in Hoi An we also managed to complete a cookery course. We had a brilliant Vietnamese teacher who managed to overlook our incompetence and show us how to make beef noodles, chicken in banana leaf and vegetarian spring rolls. We found an amazing curry house and were so impressed we ate there every night during our stay!

Ready, steady, cook!

Ready, steady, cook!

4 curries in 4 nights!

4 curries in 4 nights!

The Chinese New Year is celebrated here on 3rd February so Happy New Year to everyone! It gives us a chance to turn over a new leaf and re-start our original New Year’s resolutions that we set a month ago and lost our way with. There are colourful Chinese lanterns everywhere and random fires burning on the street sides. There doesn’t seem to be that much boisterous celebrations going on however. Everything is shut and it seems that people tend to spend the time indoors with family. We have just about managed to find the last few shops that are open and have stocked up on the essentials to keep us going over the holiday shut down - Snickers, coca-cola, crisps, etc…

Posted by Phildean7 14:39 Archived in Vietnam

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Great trip summary. I thought I would tell you about a great book(s) that I just finished by Colin Cotterill called the Coroner's Lunch. This is a fiction book that you can read easily and quickly. It is very colourful and is about a coroner (shocking I know) in Laos. Worth having a quick look in all the english book stores you encounter in Vietnam. Lovely to hear from you again on the blog. All the best to the lesbian prom queens!!!

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