Hi guys, now back in Bangkok, and finally got the opportunity to update our blog!
So we found we made the right decision in deciding to spend two nights in Hoi An, as opposed to two nights in Nha Trang. Nhad Trang was very westernised- and good for a night out. Hoi An is more of a traditional Vietnam- still plenty of shops, but it kept its charm. In some areas cars and motobikes were banned so the peace was nice- as was not having to dodge motorbikes!
Our first day in Hoi An involved wandering round and browsing many shops and the fresh food market. We found a lovely place for lunch on the riverside- the food absolutely delicious. Also we had the most flavoursome dinner at another lovley restaurant, before going to have our suits/clothes fitted!! Got measured up and was told to come back the following day to pick it up! Ooh, we also had some shoes made to fit our feet too!
Tuesday we had the best breakfast- at a French patisserie, before going to our cooking class. The class involved walking round the fresh food market learning about all the different Vietnamese fruit and vegetables before a cruise down the river to the cooking school.
We had an entertaining chef who we had to watch make the dishes before we went to our stations and tried it out ourselves! Dishes included fresh rice paper vegetable rolls, pancakes, aubourgine hotpot and vegetable decoration! It was surprisingly yummy! Then lunch before the boat back.
We'd hired some bikes for the day and rode them the 3km to the beach, to watch the sunset. Hoi An beach was much nicer than Nha Trang and was a perfect end to our last full day in Hoi An and Vietnam.
In the evening we picked up our clothes (after a fitting in the afternoon for alterations) they're really smart and a great bargain! We went out for dinner with a guy we met at the cooking course, and enjoyed more french desserts before riding back to our very nice hotel!
Yesterday we spent the day travelling, we had 2 flights one from Danang (near Hoi An) to Ho Chi Minh and from there back to Bangkok. As we got off the bus at Ko Sahn Road a guy stopped us and asked if we needed a room as he'd paid for the night but didn't need it due to flying out that evening. We gave him 150baht (less than 3 pounds) towards it. Bargain!
This morning we've enjoyed Thai massages, and now we're going to grab some food before having a manicure/pedicure (while it's cheap!) before heading off for our flight to Sydney! ARGH!!!
See ya'll soon!
You'll hear from us on our next continent!
Lots of Love Rachel and Ciara xxx