Hoi an welcomed us with 38 degrees, plus the humidity, so two steps out of the hotel and sweat starts to form. The locals cover up from head to toe,in jeans and jumpers, plus gloves and tights with thongs, not a millimeter of skin is exposed…we are walking round in shorts and singlets and are hot, it's crazy.
We spent the morning walking around the old town, which is just gorgeous, in total contrast to Hanoi, you still got the scooters and bikes but not as many. Hoi an feels very much like a beach side town, we might not leave here.
Hoi an is on the river, which is used by the locals as a mode of transport, and of course to take tourists up and down the river, also they have huge fishing nets set up.
Popped into the market, you could get everything you needed from here, not sure I would purchase the meat, they literally chopping it up on the floor and then present it on cardboard boxes, the restaurants must go elsewhere……at least that's what I tell myself.
After all this walking, we decided that the hotel pool was screaming for us to come and sit in it and drink cocktails, 2 for 1 happy hour, bonus! So that was 2 cocktails for $3.
Slept in this morning, then decided to rent some bikes and ride around the countryside and then down to the beach, it was 38 again, so the beach seemed like a plan to me. One of the local ladies selling stuff on the beach complimented me on my beautiful white skin……mmmm clearly need more time at the beach!
Everyone rides bikes, so they have dedicated parking lots for your bikes at the beach, at a price of course, not much is free in Vietnam, but nothing costs much either.
Riding back into town this evening and I got overtaken by a scooter towing a trailer filled with ducks, I could hear them all quacking as came up behind me on my bike, we then caught up to them at the lights.
The old town is much busier at night time, makes sense only tourists out during the hot hot day, oh but the people selling stuff are out in conditions.
Went to one of the most popular restaurants for dinner tonight, must have been inspired by my bike ride this afternoon as I had duck red curry….was lovely!