Hoi An is a beautiful little town south of Da Nang which has a very relaxed, beach town feeling to it. The town has over 200 tailor shops most which have someone standing outside trying to lure you in to buy something… Best price for you! We did a little research on tailors because I wanted to get a pair of jeans made and found this great place, called AoBaBa, where they didn’t try to pressure you into buying something you didn’t want. So they took all my measurements and then I found a coat that I really liked, so had them make that for me too.
We hired bikes and cycled out to the beach. It was nice and relaxing! We went back to the tailor so I could get fitted with my new clothes and then Adam decided he should get a few shirts made, so they measured him up too. We cycled our way through the other side of town which is the more local side and wandered around the streets there. We ate dinner at this great restaurant called Morning Glory which was started by a Vietnamese woman. She wanted to share traditional Vietnamese street food with people as well as some of her families recipes, so this is one of her now 4 delicious restaurants. The food here was fabulous! Hands down, the best meal we’ve had traveling the past 6 weeks.
We did a day trip to My Son (pronounced me son) temple and floated back to Hoi An down the river enjoying views of the countryside along the way. We spent another full day relaxing at the beach. We tasted a number of things from the street vendors and ate dinner on a street corner in this little local joint where we sat down on a miniature stool and a bowl of some sort of soup and noodles came out without even ordering. We weren’t exactly sure what it was, but it was quite good and only cost a dollar (and there didn’t appear to be anything too strange in it, at least that we could identify). We collected our various purchases from around the Hoi An and crammed them all into our bags… Just barely.
On the way to the airport we made a short stop at Marble Mountain, which is exactly as it sounds. A mountain of marble. Climbing to the top you could see all the way to the beach and climb around some of the old quarry areas. And as you would imagine, you can buy just about any sort of marble statue you could want here. Now we ‘re off to Saigon!