I love this city!
Hoi An Travel Blog› entry 10 of 28 › view all entries
January 14th, 2010 – by: kirowind
Mike and Orit really do like to haggle and it makes every transaction very entertaining. The pattern is eerily similar amongst all the Vietnamese vendors. We ask how much an item is and they give us a price. Then we usually counteroffer at half that price. The vendors almost always react with frowns and stuff like "no no no," or "too cheap," or "you kid me.
We also finally found a good Bia Hoi last night that we hadn't seen before. It's a series of actual wooden tables with a row of food stalls lined up along one side like how you would see in a carnival or fair. And they had almost American size mugs for their 4,000 dong (or 20 cent) draught beer. Much drinking ensued between us right after. We then hit up the same bar again where we drank more $1 cocktails, ate some food and played cards and such. Even though most of the city sleeps early (the streets were pretty quiet around 11 PM), the bars and cafes are lively until they close around midnight to 2 AM. All in all, I love this city and this is not even counting us not seeing the beach due to the cool weather. It is well developed and has plenty to please tourists whether you like to do as the locals do or shop and party like the more developed European cities as a fraction of the cost.
We're making some progress on the Picasa album so please check it out for new pics. http://picasaweb.google.com/mbrannon/SoutheastAsiaRound2Hanoi# We now have 3 cameras with pictures that need to be consolidated and uploaded so we are still way behind. But we'll steadily keep those pics going. Finally, we're not all that privy to how the locals are getting their news, but we're aware of the huge earthquake that hit Haiti and it's pretty devastating to hear about when we have recently traveled amongst people as poor as the Haitians. We definitely plan to keep updated on that as we continue traveling and hope they will rescue as many people as they can and work towards recovery.
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