Vietnam Day 3: Hoi An Day Trip
9:30 am – Taking one of the cousin’s scooters down to Hoi An for the day. It is about a 45 minute drive from Da Nang.
9:50 am – The road to Hoi An is jam packed with condo development, beachfront resorts, and a few golf courses. Clearly aimed towards Western tourists, even the billboards have white males on them. Good sign of financial growth for the area.
10:30 am – Brutally hot ride to Hoi An. Sun is on full blast. Must… Find… Shade.
10:51 am – Made it. Have not seen more western tourists in one spot than I have so far in Hoi An.
11:00 am – We may have locked ourselves out of the scooter :(.
11:05 am – Woman tried to charge Hai a ‘donation’ to enter Hoi An. We ignored it. Turns out you need to for a ticket to get into historical buildings. Still not worth it.
11:45 am – Locals grab coconuts, local fruits, nuts, and fish and leave them out to dry in the sun. Tasty.
1:14 pm – Hoi An’s production strengths are tailored clothes/suits and leather/suede items. I cannot attest to the quality of these, but it seems every other shop sells services for one or the other.
1:17 pm – Fulfilling the coffee addiction. I also love international marketing. It is fascinating what color/word/packaging differences major brands will make to sell around the world.
2:34 pm – Hoi An is a small rustic town. Apparently it is best seen at night, when local craftsmen come out and the town is lit with lanterns. We don’t have time to stay, but the streets are still quite nice.
4:34 pm – Heading back home now. Going to have dinner in the countryside with Hai’s family.
7:42 pm – The drive back home was long. Then the drive to the countryside was about the same. Arrived at their house in the middle of rice paddies, farmland, and mountains.
8:10 pm – Dinner time. Family custom is to eat on the floor. Since shoes are not allowed inside homes, floors are kept quite clean. The real problem, is sitting Indian style while we eat. I am not quite there yet with my yoga skills 🙁
9:03 pm – Ending the night with some good old fashioned family gambling over a Vietnamese card game. Bet’s are only about $0.50 – $1.00.