Last Day in Hoi An 

A beautiful morning always makes you want to get out and about. 
This morning we took the bikes and cycled along the river stopping when something took our eye. 


We passed men  cleaning fish …… and pigs 


Children exercising with their dad. An outdoor Flintstones style gym. 


The gym equipment was made with cement shapes and it served its purpose. 



We turned around and made our way back and I decided to keep riding across to the island. I joined the locals and cycled over the river and down shady lanes.



It was beautiful. 


I turned and headed for the hotel. Breakfast awaits. 


Past the ladies sweeping. 


The ladies hanging washing. 

A great ride. 

Girls on Tour

Having a holiday  with a group of girls is always fun. 

A beer at the tailors whilst waiting our turn!

We have been partners in crime when it comes to shopping. I’ve had more things made on this holiday, with the girls encouraging comments,  than I would if  hubbie was here. 

Sorry you aren’t here Steve. I might have saved money! 

Yesterday was all about shoes , glasses, dresses and the odd glass of wine. 
We had things made with Trinh our lovely Homestay lady. Now we are at the resort style Ha An, we have found another tailor. 

We found ‘Rin My Cloth Shop’ 15  Phan Boi Chau. It’s run by a smart ( slightly bossy) lady who is married to a slightly older Australian man. The shop is bright and well set out – definitely his influence…. and the fabrics are beautiful   The Silk cotton is lovely. Let’s hope their tailoring is good. 

Draped with our fabrics

We all draped and chatted and encouraged each other until suddenly I had 3 dresses on order. A red silk with a light pattern, a navy with red & yellow design copied like one of my Maiocchi dresses and a gorgeous dark navy silk with splashes of colour – this one is long and floaty. 

The shoe shop Bi  99 is conveniently around the corner with a very sweet girl called Bi. She took my shoes to have copied and sent me away in thongs. They would be ready this afternoon. She was very pleased to have my friends arrive later and order a few more pairs. Mine have been copied 3 times in all different colour combinations. 

Foot frenzy.


I tried a few different glasses shops but settled one in the same street as the hotel. The girl Linh was super helpful and appeared to have training- she told she studied ( hopefully optometry) in Ho Chi Minh for 3 years. I selected some multi coloured frames and new sunnies in an deep purple. ! Pick up is this afternoon. How do they do that? So fast! 

New glasses.


Going back today to try them out. Two pairs for AU$160. I thought that was quite good. Linh said she wanted me to wear them around today and if there were no problems to tell Trip Advisor. If there were any problems come back and tell her. “And I will fix” she said confidently! 

Dinner last night was a chicken curry in clay pot. Wholesome and flavoursome. A winner. 

We sat on the verandah of one of the many charming lantern lit restaurants. There are dozens of them offering wonderful Vietnamese food. The local Cau Lau is famous in Hoi An. The water used to make the noodles is said to be from a particular well in the city. Without this water the dish is not authentic. White rose is another local favourite. It’s delicious and I could hardly get enough of it. 

The weather  has been very good to us. Not too hot now and no storms as predicted. Lucky us. 

Last nights restaurant.