Sunday, 26 June 2011

Bike Ride Day 20 – Hoi An

Hoi An is my favourite place in Vietnam so a perfect place to relax and unwind for a few days. I love the oldie world feel to it - the quaint streets, the river, lanterns, pretty lights, and of course the fabulous choice of incredibly delicious food and drinks. There is nothing better than drinking a cocktail and watching the Vietnamese world go by beside the river in Hoi An.

We spent half the day at the beach - Cua Dai - today. We had been to the beach before but last time it rained so it was good to see it in a different light. We had a nice, cheap lunch by the beach and then had a dip in the sea. We headed off when the crowds of locals started to arrive at about 5. We had never seen so many Vietnamese at a beach before! They come out when it’s cooler and when there’s no chance of getting a sun tan.

We unexpectedly met the Vietnamese guy who was in the Vietnam Top Gear episode today. It was very surreal. If anyone’s seen it he’s the guy who writes messages in the sand about the war. Anyway, he explained to us about some of the history of the area using a stick in the sand! Funnily enough he’s OK about the Americans but he hates the Koreans! He showed us pictures and news articles from the time. It was very interesting to talk to him as well as meet a celebrity in Vietnam! J

In the last afternoon we relaxed in a bar with a cocktail watching the sun set over Hoi An town from across the river on Cam Nam island. A perfect end to a perfect day! J

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