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Hoi An, Vietnam

Lanterns galore

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Hoi An is an historic trading port and is packed with history, you just have to look beyond the souvenir shops... there are a lot of tourists, but for good reason - its pretty stunning. We rented bikes and did some exploring. We cycled around the old city, popped into some museums, temples and historic homes. Then window shopped in the numerous tailor shops (there is absolutely no room for anymore clothes in our bags).

The weather was roasting, so we managed to get some beach time. Bang An beach was a perfect beach - the best we've found on our travels so far. A stretch of white sand and little beach cafes that were a welcome find to our cycle to the beach front.

At night time the old quarter is lit up with colourful lanterns on the river and around every building. It's very busy with tourists around by the river front but its easy enough to find a secluded spot for a nice meal. There are loads of posh restaurants to choose from, which of course are way outside our backpacker budget.

We found a restaurant out of town - Baby Mustard. They had a huge herb garden and amazing food! I went for a Thai style shrimp soup and slow cooked pork in a clay pot. Sophie sees food as a competition and thinks she "won" with the mackerel steamed in herbs and spices in a banana leaf.. They also offer a cookery class here but unfortunately we had to leave the next day so couldnt do it. We're already decided that we will come back to Vietnam and take things much slower next year,so we plan to be back at Baby Mustard then.

There's so much more to do in the area here that we didn't get chance to see; Cham Islands, My Son Temple, cycling tours to villages and markets. We will be back. But for now it was time for our road trip on a motorbike!

Posted by bloorsontour 06:34 Archived in Vietnam

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