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Charming Hoi An

The lonely planet book describes this town as a living museum & that this riverside town oozes charm & culture from every corner. That says it pretty well!! Our sleeper bus pulled in at 6.30am & I jumped on the back of a motorbike to check out some hotels. Found one near the " Old Town" for $16 US a night & it includes a buffet breakfast, free bicycle, & has a pool. We weren't as tired as when we'd arrived in Nha Trang off the sleeper bus but chilled a bit before heading out on the bicycles to ride around the old town ( no cars allowed).

It has cute small streets & alleys full of tailors & cool cafes with plants growing over the rooftops & spilling over & bright lanterns hung in trees & across intersections. Nath ordered a pair of shoes to be made for $17 US & picks them up tomorrow. You could go crazy here getting clothes & shoes made.

It is unbelievably hot & we were totally saturated with sweat. The sun just bites your skin & we had to keep stopping to buy cold water.

Went back to the hotel for a swim but too many people already had that idea so had a cold shower before walking back down near the riverside area to get some lunch & chill in a cafe!

Managed to chill for a few hours in the cafe & while Nathan used the computer I wandered around the markets & got my arms threaded ( like waxed but done with cotton thread) They are so fast & it is just as good as waxing!!! Had some dinner at one of the riverfront restaurants & booked a car to take us further afield tomorrow. Walking back to the hotel the streets looked so beautiful with the shops all having brightly lit lanterns in the doorways. Love this town!!!

Japanese covered bridge

Japanese covered bridge


Exploring the town by bike

Exploring the town by bike


Nath ordered shoes here

Nath ordered shoes here


Japanese bridge

Japanese bridge


Street life

Street life


Cyclo & lanterns in the tree

Cyclo & lanterns in the tree


Bike riding

Bike riding


Alleyway

Alleyway


Old town Streets

Old town Streets


Old town

Old town

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Vietnam

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