23.02.2013 - 27.02.2013 27 °C
After a short flight we arrived at Da Nâng airport, in the pouring rain. Thankfully our hostel had sent a car to pick us up so we drove through the down pour along eerily quiet streets- I guess moped drivers don't go out in this weather.
The next morning the weather had not improved, but being used to thís from home I put on my raincoat and Duncan threw on a poncho and we headed out into Hoi An to explore. I was soaked from the waist down in about 10 minutes, and realised a poncho was the way to go as it would have covered a lot mỏre of me. We bought a town ticket which gave us access to certain buildings around Hoi An and wandered around the streets going into merchants houses and Chinese assembly halls. It was amazing how many tailors were in Hoi An, and so of course I had to buy something and in the afternoon I ordered myself a pretty dress...I think Duncan thought it was a waste of money, but it was very cheap compared to the UK, exactly what I wanted, and now I can say I have a tailor made item from Vietnam!
The rain finally stopped later in the afternoon so we went out again for dinner. The meal was fantastic, classic Vietnamese dishes in a family run restaurant, but it did take 90 minutes to arrive after we had ordered as it was all cooked from fresh. We finished eating in time to make the second half of the rugby, and Duncan was thrilled to watch Scotland beat Ireland...just!
The next morning we had signed up to a cooking class at the restaurant from the previous night, thinking it would be a fun way to avoid the rain. There was no rain today, but still glad we did the class as we made some fantastic dishes and had a lot of fun. Starting with a cycle to the local market to get ingredients, and then a 2 on 1 class where we made spring rolls, chicken with lemongrass, fish clay-pot and shrinp with sugảr cane. We were both stuffed after eating all our culinary creations.
As the sun was still out we hired bikes in the afternoon and pedalled down to the beach, about 5km out of town. It was very quiet with miles of white sand. Had a lot of fun playing in the crashing waves, then relaxed in the sun for a while. Headed back into town for another fantastic meal at a local restaurant, then wandered round town looking at all the pretty lanterns which light up every street at night.
On our final day in Hoi An we were feeling adventurous, so after having fun on the back of a motorbike we decided to hire our own. After a shaky start and some practice on a quiet back road, we were off, with me in charge and Dunc riding pillion...nothing changes, I am still driving him around even here! We cruised around the countryside with some beautiful scenery, swapping driver every so often (don't worry though parents we were cautious and were probably the slowest bike on the road, even some push-bikes overtook ús at one point!).
The novelty wore of after a couple of hours so we went back into Hoi An, ariving back with no accidents or injury - unlike many of the people in our hostel sporting motorbike scars. Then spent a lazy afternoon with me by the pool and Duncan hiding from the sun inside.
We both really like Hoi An, it was a very relãxing few day spent here.