Too much working--time for a break. Off we go to Hoi An.
are tons of classy resorts near Hoi An (and we stayed in the best one),
but I must recommend the Hoi An Hotel. The rooms are comfy, the grounds
are beautiful, and it is in the heart of Hoi An. Save yourself the
hassle of scheduled shuttle buses.
The lights of Hoi An seen from the uneventful An Hoi Islet.
Hoi An is all about silk. Here is one of many silk-lantern shops. Don't you want to take home a few dozen?
of silk, here we are at the huge silk emporium Yali. They give a nice
silk-weaving demonstration and have a mini museum of tribal clothing.
Jenny's scarf wasn't bought here, we got it at a steal from a local
shop. Of course, I hid behind the corner until the price was settled on.
Wow, you should see the shopkeeper's face when a foreigner walks in and
pays the tiny local fee.
Very hard to resist the urge to collect absolutely everything. Somehow we managed, though I still regret it.
had the most amazing dinner at Morning Glory. Jenny's travel perks were
enjoyed even here, and we got a 6 mini-course dinner including some
damn good banh xeo.
But beat it we did! Across the street we got a lovely passion yogurt and
chocolate mousse cake for much less ($1 as opposed to $2). I think Tam
Tam was the place.So
cute I almost risked serious illness to play with it. Strange about the
tail--I think Vietnamese do this for fashion purposes.
are many temples in Hoi An that squeeze money out of foreigners. You
have to buy tickets, and like everything else in Hoi An, tourists pay
more than double.
A little bansai sculpture at the temple. David tricked me into thinking this was shot from the plane :)
Having lunch with Vinh, who was David's favorite guide last trip.
Pretending to be a total weakling. Could have pulled this thing all over town if it wasn't nailed to the ground.
I ate the unborn duck and David said "This is Jenny, love of my life, eating an unborn chicken. And with every sign of enjoyment too".
The beautiful views from Cam Nam bridge. Locals offer boat rides here. Next time.
A trip to Randy's Book Exchange in Cam Nam Island is a must.
Japanese Bridge. It is a functional temple, and a huge tourist
spot--you need a ticket to climb on, or just wait until a crowd of
people get on.
are plenty of centuries-old houses that are now museums. They are
pretty neat to visit. You can usually see the waterline--Hoi An floods
up to a meter or more about once a month.
for some fresh squid on the way to Da Nang. Those are basket boats,
which I haven't tried yet. Doesn't sound like a great idea to me, given
the many options for building boats.
Going home too soon! Or are we? Hoi An is perhaps the most beautiful
little city in Vietnam. However, I find a couple of days is quite enough
as it is shamefully over-touristed--as I said, seeing white folk spoils
my adventure, and I haven't seen as many white folk in NYC. You can't
go for a nice quiet stroll without someone calling and pleading and
practically dragging you by your sleeves for you to buy something, and
if you fall for it you will pay well over half price for the "Tourist
Tax." And there are far too many cyclos and xe om's following close on
your heels. What is neat is there are many more bicycles and electric
bikes than anywhere else and there are streets where motorcycles are