A great ride.
Having a holiday with a group of girls is always fun.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Hanging out in airports is the down side of travel. And the 5 hours spent in KL airport was no exception.
It did give us a chance to chat and laugh and prepare for our holiday.
We met up with Di who flew in from Sydney and was rested after her night in the airport hotel.
Our flight left on time and I had a little man next to me who was wildly excited to look past me and out the window…… for the whole trip. At one point I had to ask him to back away!
We were met on arrival at Danang and driven to Hoi An about half an hour away. The beach front was blocked with buildings. Resort after resort are being built along the water and is changing the landscape and the atmosphere of what was a little village.
Trinh, our hostess at the home stay was waiting to greet us and after allocating our rooms gave us a beautiful lunch. Spring rolls and a delicious noodle soup followed by fruit. She knows how to spoil her guests and at $19 US a night is a bargain.
The home stay house is a three story pink house typically of Vietnam. I’m on the 3rd floor up forty steps. It’s huge room, traditionally decorated.
Each of us has our own room and share a bathroom between two rooms. It’s the typical open shower style so common here and in Cambodia.
We needed a little after lunch sleep in the heat of the day before our 4pm meeting with Trinh to talk about clothes we might have made. In an earlier life Trinh, a human pint sized dynamo ran a fabric and tailor shop. Perfect!
We laugh and chatted and then headed off to a fabric shop. It was an Aladdin cave of fabrics. We sorted and encouraged each other as we selected some beautiful silk and cotton fabrics from the hundreds of designs on offer.
Hoi An is charming and known as the lantern city for good reason. There are hundreds of lanterns all over the town.
We found a lovely verandah and settled in with chilled white wine and fresh spring rolls to recover from the fabric overload.
Phew. What a first day. We were exhausted so headed back to the Thanh Luan Homestay for some well deserved sleep.
Tomorrow we have a 4.30am pick up to visit My Son, a site of ancient ruins from the Cham Empire.
A year ago my mahjong friend Linda suggested a trip to Vietnam. ‘Cheap fares’ she said. Who can resist a short break with girlfriends in an exotic place. So we promptly booked. Five of us. Sadly Shelly can’t make it so we are now four.
A year later the date has finally arrived. I had almost forgotten about it with so much happening in my life. But here I am in the Air Asia lounge in Kuala Lumpur waiting for our connecting flight to Hoi An.
We are having 4 nights in a homestay called the Thanh Luan. Linda is good friends with Trinh the owner after staying there many times. Trinh will look after us and even organise to have some clothes made for us!
Following that we go on the train to Hue then back to a more resort style hotel in Hoi An.
The experience started with an Air Asia flight from the Gold Coast. A new experience for me. A no frills cheap flight which turned out to be much better than first imagined. Mind you I was lucky in my seat selection. We had chosen down the back of the plane where there were about 10 rows of just 2 seats and a wider aisle. Luckily I had no one next to me.
So with no distractions of food, drinks etc we settled in after our 10.30pm take off and with eye mask on, ear plugs in I managed to get some sleep. It’s a ‘do it yourself’ flight. No pillows, blankets masks, water, entertainment. You supply your own or pay extra. So knowing this I was well prepared.
We’re now in the Air Asia lounge. Yes, you pay extra for it ( about $20) but it’s quiet, has showers, food, coffee some comfy seats and few people, so is a good place to hang out and wait for our flight to Danang.
I’m about to test the shower and starting to feel relaxed. It was hard dragging myself away from Easter at Caloundra where the weather was great. But a new adventure awaits.
Keep reading and you’ll find out about four 60+ ladies on vacation.