After another 4 hours on the bus from Hue to Hoi An, we made it to our penultimate destination. We stayed in Sunflower Hotel which was highly talked about by other travellers we had met. It was a decent hostel with lovely staff and had a pool and bar. They also were very helpful in offering us day trips around the area. On the first day we arrived we made sure to find out the best tailors in Hoi An. Although there are many, not all are well skilled. We were given the name of a reputable one by our hostel and chose to try it out. It was called Peace and we ended up all getting something tailored, some more than others! I'm really happy the the suit jacket I had made, for £40 the quality is amazing!
The first day we went on a day trip to Da Nang and the surrounding temples in the area. We had a great tour guide, Mr Turtle who for sure made the trip bearable in the heat with his enthuiasm! We visited a number of temples, and monuments and it was a great day to learn about the culture of the Buddist religon.
The next day we hired some bicyles for a dollar and cycled into the old town of Hoi An. This was also my first experience in navigating the Vietnamese roads. Even though it wasn't as fast or as dangerous as a moped, it was still a great and exhiriating experience! We cycled into the old town and explored the shopping in the area as well as the many sites in the area. We then cycled to the beach which was about a 20 minute cylce from the town. Being able to be more mobile was so freeing after only having public transport and our feet for so long and we enjoyed being able to explore the town and the ourskirts for ourselves. The beach was not the sandy and idealic beach we had been accustomed to in Asia and it was lower down the covered with sand bags. We sunbathed on the sand bags and attempted to swim, however due to the amount of jellyfish in the water I wasn't too keen!
The next day we decided to tick something off the SouthEast Asia bucket list and we went on a cooking tour. We went to the market to pick up the fresh ingredients and then took a boat down the river to the cooking site. Once there we had a great time making an array of different Vetinamese foods. I now wish I had done one of these tours in Thailand as I much prefer Thai food, however, this was a great experience to try our hands at authentic food.
That evening we got a flight to Ho Chi Minh and arrived late in the evening ready for Beckys final day and our last stop of the trip.