The place for tailoring!!
Wednesday 6th March
After a rather long, grotty 12 hour journey on a sleeper bus we arrived in Hoi An (right by the river) and caught a taxi to find some accomodation. After a little while we managed to find a 'hotel' (not a hotel compared to the one we had in Nha Trang that was for sure!!) The hotel was quite unclean for the price so we said we would move next door but they obviously wanted the business and dropped the price to 6USD a night for us each rather than 8, so we stayed and adapted to the room!
We were feeling tired so Soph went for a nap and I caught up on my emails with friends and family. We then ventured out - in the dull, dark, dreary weather which was a bit of a shock compared to Nha Trang where the sun did shine at times!! It even started to rain when we were out walking and exploring. 9/10 shops here are tailoring shops. If you want a smart suit, shirt, dress; Hoi An is the place!! We've both said we are going to bring our family out here and get them suited and booted!! If England had this service, they'd be doing well I feel! There was hundreds of tailors, literally! And the service is very fast! So to lighten up our moods during this dark, damp day we did a little bit of retail therapy and hit our bank balance well!! A little - I mean, about 5 hours!! Typical girls eyy! We both had some dresses made for us (3 for Soph, 2 for myself and I did buy a north face jacket which I will take with me for the north and NZ. A fake I know, but hey ho! Cheap!! So after a thoroughly well spent day (money wise) and enjoyment we had some food and hit the sack.
Thursday - The next day we had our fittings for our dresses/collections so again day 2 in Hoi An was another 'mooch' around day - dangerous!! But we didn't go as mad this time, quite sensible in fact! We dined out, had some lovely Vietnamese dishes and some cold, refreshing fruit shakes through the day. Again, the weather was cold compared to what we have been used to (wearing hoodies and trousers) but a little brighter than yesterday. So the last two days we've walked endlessly around the pretty town of Hoi An and bought some rather good bargains and goodies. I decided to hire a motorbike for a few hours in the afternoon, dare devil I know! It cost me 5USD and I had to fill up on my own accord. Which was very entertaining to say the least at the petrol station! Especially when I couldn't pop the button to open the petrol catch! But we got there and I had a good old blast around the city. I managed to accidentally go down a one way street the wrong way, so a rather angry Vietnamese man came out shouting and waving his arms which entertained me, broke my flipflop whilst attempting to put the stand down (when picking up Soph from the hotel for a ride on the back) and ran a red light just to cause some excitement to my experience of driving the streets of Hoi An!! Picked Soph up and we went for a bit of an explore, we soon got to just with the balancing of the two of us and we were away! Both loving life on the motorbike! By this time it was approaching night time, and I was failing to find the lights (had a bit of a blonde moment) but found them just in time for darkness! We went around by the river which was so pretty and such a sight to see. They hang up colourful lanterns all around the shop corners, through the streets and on the bridges - fascinating! We've got pictures from these last few days which we will put up when we can. The computers here are so slow, so bare with us please!
Friday (today) we picked up our final dress and had some breakfast in a local cafe. We also sent our buyings from Hoi An back home, which cost a bit (we decided to go by Airmail as there wasnt' a huge difference in price compared to sea mail and it takes very little time compared to shipping it over) but there was no way we could fit it all in our rucksacks, and being girls didn't really want our dresses scrunched in a bag for another 3 months or so!! We are waiting for our bus now which will take us to Hanoi (North), as you can tell we LOVEEE bus journeys (haha) but this one is a killer - 500 LONG MILES so its a long 'un! Wish us luck! You have to feel for us!!!