We set off from Hue at 1 30 pm heading toward hoi an. The weather was shocking, sheets of rain and strong winds. We all sat in the bus staring out of the window looking depressed and decided this was a day you wish was sunday, so you could spend it under the duvet on the sofa, watching tv, all snug and warm. We was going past a coastal resort called Danang and everywhere was flooded. Watching the waves crash was mad. They were huge and almost coming up to the road. Hearing the crashing noise makes you realize the full force of the sea.
By this time we had arrived and fortunately it stopped raining. We spent two hours walking around in circles looking for a hotel to stay in. This city was really like a little french town in the countryside. It's full of french architecture and it makes you really question yourself on where you are. Like many places in asia you soon realize the domination and influence the french really had on many places. This place is definitely a postcard town.
Hoi an is well known for it's tailor making as there must be about fifty or more shops dotted around, in which we found the worst. The first night we found a really nice bar called treats, had a bite to eat and a few drinks and then headed to a place called king kong, the only club in town. We hadn't a clue where it was so we all hopped on a motorbike to take us there. It's kind of out in the middle of know where over a bridge. We would never of found it. This was the place everyone comes if you want a late drink and a dance. We got there and realized this place was a right dive but by the early hours of the morning it didn't matter as we were all having a great time, meeting new and old people, dancing the night away.
The following day me and mark went to get measured up for some cloths to be made. You pick what you want out of the next catalogue and they will make the exact replica so they say. I ordered some loose baggy fisherman pants and a t shirt for $26. Quite expensive for Vietnam prices but the hotel we was staying at owned the shop and blagged us in to going there. All measured up and they tell us 24hours and then they will be ready. The rest of the day i spent in a bar drinking with some mates and then once again King kong.
The hotel we were staying was amazing. It was really small but had a swimming pool in the middle, two double beds with a lush bathroom which was fit for a king, aircon, minibar free, internet and breakfast all for $15 a night. It's at the top end of our budget but between us if you convert it in to stirling it works out to be 3 pounds 75p a night. All excited we went to collect our new outfits and they were something else. You know when did sowing in year 7 of secondary school??? Well they were like that but worse. Diabolical. I have made better things than these rags through out my school years. My supposedly baggy fisherman pants looked like a six year olds school shorts and my t- shirt was just as bad.. As soon as i got back to the hotel i binned them, not even oxfam would of excepted them.
With the sun shining we hit the beach for the rest of the day. Golden sand, palm trees and deep blue sea. I have waited so long to get to the beach so i was in heaven. There was a faire bit of rubbish in the sea remains from the typhoon they had a couple of weeks ago. The waves were huge so me and brandon hired out body boards which were great fun. Bring on the surfing. I could picture myself being like patrick swazey out of point break.
The next day it was the beach again. We spent the afternoon building sandcastles. The mammoth one in the picture was built by me and Brandon and what a masterpiece it turned out to be. We even caught a crab and put it in a jam jar to give us a pond. It made it feel more homely. We would of caught a dog but it would of been to big for our city. Great fun it was. I think i missed out when i was a kid due to me being hyperactive. That night we had been invited round some local's house for dinner with his family. Seven of us went and had a good time. We gave him the money for the food, he went and brought it and his mum cooked a huge feast. Unfortunately i didn't like much which isn't a suprise. After dinner we left for the bar (never out stay your welcome) and met some other mates ther, played killer pool, got drunk and then went to king kongs again and danced the night away on top of the pool table.
The next day we spent looking around the town going to the local markets. The town is really beautiful and the people here are so friendly. You get no hassle off them unlike everywhere else in Vietnam. I could of stayed longer but i kind of felt guilty wasting my time away on the beach as that's what i will be doing in thailand.
That night we caught an overnight bus to Nha Trang. 13 hours of no sleep here i come!!!!!!!!!