Day Trip to Hoi An

Hoi An Travel Blog

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in Da Nang outside my Hotel

Woke up in da nang and had breakfast at the GVN office.  Met Viet and a few other staff members, as well as some incoming vollies like myself. Then we got taxis and spent the day wandering the streets of Hoi An. I spent most of my day with Emma, the australlian woman who came in at the same time as me the night before. We sat at a cafe along the river watching boats and passersby, drinking and chatting for hours. It was too hot to be out in the streets. We also went to Viettown a silk shop that tailors clothing. I went a little wild with my spending and got a Vietnamese dress with white pants for underneath, a vientamese style top in turquoise blue, a vest and trouser set with burgundy shirt, and a cream colored winter coat.

the street my hotel was on in Da Nang
All in all it was 315 USD.  Turns out thats about 4 times what I would have paid any place else.  Whoops!

The people are a bit pushy. I had an old lady stare me down, felt quite unwelcomed. The lady at the shop, who made alot of money off of us was nice though, go figure. She offered to give us a tour next time we're in town and she gave us plenty of her business cards. The food at the restaurant we sat at for lunch was fabulous, so much so that we went back for dinner. This time with a couple from NZ. The husband is deaf and I can't imagine how infuriating that must be for him. He's forced to be at his wife's mercy. He can hardly understand us so she repeats everything or signs it for him. Must be so difficult for the two of them, i'm real impressed that they'd want to come all the way here and volunteer for 3 months.

They've got 5 kids and 8 grandkids and just closed down a day care center last year they'd been running for over a decade, so they're certainly busy people and all there family lives within 10 minutes of them so you know they're family oriented.  The programs lucky to have people like that here.  I won't get to know them all to well as I'm going to Tuy Hoa tomorrow afternoon on an eight hour bus ride. It'll be me and Jessica, another vollie I met today from NZ as well as 3 others I have yet to meet, Jen the program manager, and another vietnamese woman who manages the tuy hoa orphanages. I'll be there for the next 30 days. From what I'm told it's got a gorgeous location in a small village only 300 metres from the beach.
Should be a lovely place and I'm excited to get the small town feel. So far I've only seen Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, and Hoi An, all fairly busy popular cities. In fact in Hoi An tonight they had the Miss Vietnam pageant taking place. It was quite a to do, lots of police and people about. Da Nang is a disaster of a city from what I can tell, but then again I think they'll all be similar to that. Hoi An had a fancy feel too it, sort of Venice of Italy meets saloons of the wild american west. If the place was invested in it would be absolutely stunning. Alas, it's run down like the rest of the country.

Every where I see flags with the hammer and sickle, red flags with gold stars, Ho Chi Minh's face is across all the currency and in some shops as well. There's trash in the streets, homeless dogs running about.

They're not friendly dogs like in Thailand, they're scared, especially of people. There was a huge pig carcass screwered on a roast on the side walk as well, covered in a sheet, not sure what that was about, maybe saving it for the pageant festivities later that night. The roads are broken pavement, the sidewalks are littered with stands selling drinks and fruit, mopeds, and trash. You're better off walking on the road, but when you do that beward of mopeds, and rickshaws, and taxis that seem to adhere to no real law of the road.

There are some really beautiful spots in Hoi An that I saw today, and with all the investing to promote tourism I'm sure it'll get up there with some of the more popular cities for foreigners to visit, in a few more years time.

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in Da Nang outside my Hotel
in Da Nang outside my Hotel
the street my hotel was on in Da N…
the street my hotel was on in Da …
Miss Vietnam Pageant
Miss Vietnam Pageant
man making and selling lanterns
man making and selling lanterns
lovely cafe roofed and walled in f…
lovely cafe roofed and walled in …
temple entrance
temple entrance
cotton making
cotton making
clay sculpting
clay sculpting
police
police
kids at play in river
kids at play in river
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