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Winter Vacation - Hoi An, Vietnam 2006/12/26

Goodbye Saigon, Hello Hoi An


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Boxing day started with some packing and some breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we walked around the block, bought some postcards, grabbed some breakfast ice cream, and caught our ride to the airport after settling our bill with the Bi Saigon.

We arrived at the airport with more than enough time to clear domestic flight security. We ate lunch at the airport restaurant, played some computer games on the complimentary terminals near the boarding gates, and poked in the gift shop before heading to the gate for boarding. We were bussed out to our plane, which was full and cramped and lacking in the table-tray and reclining seat departments. We started to miss Cathay Pacific quite a bit, but thankfully the flight was only an hour and a bit. We arrived ion Da Nang. We once again looked for Andrew's name, found our driver and drove 40 minutes to our hotel in Hoi An. When we arrived, the person at the hotel said that the room we booked was full, but that there was a bigger nicer room that we could stay in for just a little but more money (~$3 more). We said we'd take it; we didn't want to argue, but we figured she just gave us the upsell because she could. Whatever; we had a place to sleep.

Hoi An is a small town jam packed with tailors, cobblers, seamstresses, butchers, bakers, and candlestickmakers (well, lots of the former three, but not too many of the latter). We checked into our room, got a bite at a random restaurant. The restaurant pooch kept us company under out table. This pooch was very distinctive. It was like a bulldog and daschund had a baby. (Yes, think about the logistics of that). We also kept seeing him around town, he became our friend for our stay in Hoi An.

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After dinner decided to venture out into town to get some sample pieces done to determine where we would buy the bulk of our clothing.

The first store we went into made only denim items, so we were measured, we chose the style and fabric for our jeans, paid a deposit, and went on our way again. The next store we went into (or more appropriately, were "talked" into) had a HUGE selection of fabrics and patterns to choose from. Andrew and I each had a woman working with us to do the measurements and fabric selection. We each had a shirt and trousers made here to check the quality. They tried their best to get us to buy more, but we said "maybe" and eventually got out of there.

The next place we went to sold shoes. The two girls working there didn't look older than 20. We looked around a lot and finally sat down to go through some pictures. We decided to buy a lot of shoes (7 pair total) in various colours. After getting sized up and putting down another deposit, we went to the tailor our hotel recommended (it was almost next door to the hotel). It is her sister's shop. We waited for her to finish dealing with some particularly difficult customers before being measured, choosing fabric, and being suckered into buying an extra pair of pants each. I also picked up a travel skirt here.

After all the poking and prodding, we went back to the hotel and crashed for the night under the mosquito-net canopy of our bed.

Posted by agc_cwm 09:46 Archived in Vietnam

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