Vietnam – Day Eight – Hue to Hoi An

Today we had a long four hour bus ride ahead of us to Hoi An. The weather today was fairly interesting early in the morning I woke up to go to the ATM to get some cash out, and it was really really blustery. Very similar as  just before an afternoon storm back home. The wind was kicking up silly amounts of dust.

Half way through the trip, at the start of a mountain pass we came to a traffic jam that lasted for half an hour. By the looks of things a truck carrying a shipping container careered of the road. It took about half an hour to clear and the container was still halfway down the hill when we drove passed it.

We stopped a few times on the way, the most interesting stop being China beach were. Apparently its in a movie that I haven’t seen, but what I liked was all of the round basket like boats strewn all over the beach.

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Boats at China Beach

When we got to Hoi An our tour guide took us into the Old Quarter, where cars and scooters are not meant to drive. he showed us a few of the sites like the Chinese Temple, Japanese Bridge and a few recommend shoe and suit tailor shops. The Japanese bridge was built to allow local trading with the local Vietnamese and the Japanese traders as Hoi An used to be a port town.

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Chinese Temple in Hoi An

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Japanese Bridge

Straight after the tour we went to one of the highly recommended suit tailors and got sized up, so I’m looking forward to that!

After all that we went back to the hotel for a quick nap then dinner at a restaurant .

So far this trip we haven’t had a single meal and Drink that has been over $10. Its so very cheap here! Some restaurants are advertising a “glass of fresh beer” for 4000 Dong or $0.20. Normally a 500ml bottle of local beer costs around $1.20.

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