Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Happy Times in Hoi An

There is a lot of hype about Hoi An amongst the people we know in Penang and our friends that have visited Vietnam.  We were told that it's a place that you must visit -- a charming, well preserved "Old Town" with no cars, lantern lit streets, where you can have clothes and shoes tailor made, excellent food and is near a great stretch of the South China Sea.  Sound appealing enough? We thought so.  We flew direct from Ho Chi Minh to DaNang and a short thirty minute taxi later, we arrived to our cute hotel on the river set among rice paddies and coconut trees. Ahh, vacation!  We spent 5 days in Hoi An alternating between the gorgeous beach, the tailors and the town.  Simply an amazing place!

The Beach
A short cab ride or a very sweaty bike ride and we were on a beautiful stretch of white sand under cabanas that cost us $3 a day to rent.  We spent every morning and afternoon here, alternating between the shade and the ocean, while having drinks brought to our cabana.  
This view will never get old!
All I can say is VACATION!!
Lunch: Seaside
Coincidentally enough, our friends the Kempsters and Lauries also decided to go to Hoi An from Penang.  We caught up with them for an afternoon of fun!  The waves were uncharacteristically large on this day and we all had so much fun playing in real surf!
The Tailors
It seems that every other store in Hoi An's Old Town is a tailor shop.  Thanks to Nikki and Leon, we did not have to choose from the countless shops, instead we used their well-established and highly recommended tailor.   Eric and I both indulged our inner shopper.  I had 6 dresses made, 3 pairs of shorts and a skirt; while Eric had shorts and several work shirts made. 
There were literally thousands of fabrics to choose from
Custom adjustments to make sure the clothes fit just right!
Eric and I also bought a few pairs of custom shoes.  We picked out the design, heal height, color and leather.  Each shoe was made to measure for our feet.   Here's hoping that I can wear heals and actually be comfortable.
Custom shoes anyone?? We walked away with 4 pairs!
The Old Town
Gorgeous, romantic and picturesque. The tiny lantern lit streets make you feel like you are in Europe.  The food is equally as good.  Here are a few more shots of our trip.

Lanterns everywhere!
The quaint streets
The preferred method of transportation here
Al fresco dining in cute gardens
Overall, this was a great trip!  We loved Hoi An and hope to come back, even just for a long weekend!

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