We did a quick shopping spree in the morning and with a lovely taxi driver we arrived at the airport, bound for Hoi An.
Our hotel in Hoi An was part of the same chain so we got a pick up at the airport for a MR Gail Wiper and in 40 minutes we were in the gorgeous town of Hoi An. The hotel was lovely, with a swimming pool and excellent rooms. We explored some of Hoi An's Old Quarter and were all very impressed with the ancient buildings, shops, lanterns and great abundance of top quality restaurants.
We had originally planned on renting a bike in Sa Pa but with the poor weather we weren't able to. Hoi An is around 800km further south than Hanoi and a lot warmer, therefore bike rental was an option. We hired three bikes and headed for My Son, an ancient Cham temple, similar architecture to Angkor Wat located 60km outside of Hoi An. Gail was on the back with James and Chris and I had a bike each. My Son was nice and the location, in the middle of the mountainous jungle was spectacular. The best part was of course the journey. We rode past paddy fields, villages, onto a major highway and through a flooded road; we were all so cocky by the end we whizzed through the water! It was a lot of fun, although James was worrying about us all the whole time! We were all tired from the ride but had to get to Kimmy's Tailors before 14:00 to ensure our clothes would be finished by tomorrow. It was fun, and at times frantic, choosing styles, fabrics and getting measured up. All our clothes look great and fit so nicely-as you would expect, I was tempted to get my wedding dress made!
The rest of our time in Hoi An wasn't quite as adventurous as the first day but we covered a few kilometres walking around the Old Quarter and (pedal) biking to collect our clothes.
Michelle (from Cambodia) and the hotel recommended the restaurant 'Morning Glory'-HA! We went on the 2nd and 3rd evening and had some amazing Vietnamese cuisine it was sooo good, some of the best food we have had since we were away.
We relaxed by the pool for a few hours on the last day to prepare ourselves for a 4am get up, oh and obviously we crammed our bags full of complementary toiletries! Hoi An is a lovely picturesque town and we were so pleased G&C decided to visit. I am already looking forward to a quick stop off on our way back up North, yes more Morning Glory!