Day 37 - Sightseeing Hoi An .. by pedal bicycle
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December 29th, 2007 – by: pauric_doherty
Once we got on our bikes we decided to head the whole length of town and see what sights there were. There was very litle in the Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a shoestring book but the hotel did give us a small map of the town with dots wherever there was something interesting to see so we decided to go look for the dots!
We came across another Wat .
We then went down into the market side of town where there weere markets of food, drinks, fruit, and all sorts of homewares for all the locals as well as the souvenir shops for the tourists. There really are some fabulous hand crafted shops here in Hoi An. You can get clothes and shoes custom made for you (Caroline got a pair of Puma runners custom made for her). There are loads of paintings, carvings, pottery and lanterns for sale ... some fabulous stuff for any home .. but you really would need to come over here with 2 empty suitcases and a wallet full of Dong or US Dollars!
We made it down as far as the river as well where we saw some more traditional Vietnamese boats, some people fishing and also where we came across the Japanese Covered Bridge.
After that we headed back to the tailor shop to pick up our tailored clothes that we had ordered the previous night at about 6 or 7 pm. We tried on the clothes and they fitted perfectly first time!! An impressive feat for any tailor!!
We then went wandering around the markets when my mobile rang and it was Ben and Katie who we had met in Halong Bay on Christmas Day. I had given Ben my mobile number on an email so that if we both made it to Hoi An we could met up for a drink! So, we arranged to meet up for dinner and drinks at 8pm!!
We went back to the hotel and dropped off all our purchases, got changed and headed walking back into town to meet Ben and Katie, at the Japanese Covered bridge.
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