Angie and Me in SE Asia travel blog

The first temple we visited on the cultural tour of Hoi An

The 2nd temple we visited on the cultural tour of Hoi An

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Getting ready for the weekends festival

The Japanese Bridge

Glad this could hold on as it was 6 foot above my...


Had a gentle start to the morning, breakfast at the hotel was ok but nothing to write home about so I wont.

Went into the old town of Hoi An to look at the sites, which are part of a world heritage site. They have a strange system where you buy a ticket at a central outlet then chose the 5 places you want to visit and hand in a ticket at the door of each one, weel when I say hand in I mean they take a pair of scissors and cut a a piece off of your ticket. We managed a couple of temples, an old house where nobody bothered to hack at our ticket with a pair of wilkinsons finest, a museum that showed the cultural history of Hoi An and a Japanese bridge over the river that once divided the Japanese and Chinese/Vietnamese as it was established as a trading port mainly for silk. The bridge also doubles up as a temple. We also went to use our last ticket on a museum of history and revolution but couldnt find it.

We also wandered along the river front and saw them preparing for the festival of light they have here on Sunday night, shame we will miss that. Also visited a silk shop, where Angie bought herself a scarf for $2. This put her in the mood for spending and she went and got measured for an evening gown for the Christmas party. Every other shop here is a taylors/dressmakers who make all their clothes to measure. She has picked out a silk and shiffon number and will goi back tomorrow for a fitting before they finish it off and post it home for her.

We spent the rest of the afternoon around the pool, some much needed R&R especially for Angie.

Out again this evening to do a bit of shopping, then back to see Mr Kim for some more of his 5 course surprise and we didnt leave disappointed only stuffed. I must start trying more than one restaurant in each place we visit.

Tomorrow is another day of traveling as we get the train at lunchtime to Saigon, arriving 4.30am Sunday morning, no Mr Kim tomorrow, may have to survive on bread, cakes and crisps, I am not eating any of the Vietnamese railway food.



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