By Tess... ignore the typos again, im too lazy to correct, the keyboards rubbish, and im rushing! lol. im sure it will make some sense.
HOI AN ....was ace!
i loved it there! it was small, relatively quiet and not all that much to do except tailoring and the beach, but thats what we were there for so that was fne by me! we spent 4 whole days there, and spent the first 2 getting things tailored. beieve me this is a long process, well it is if you go about it the way me n sam did especially! lol. we basicaly had half of hoi an working for us! loll.
step1, look at stuff and decide what you might like made. step2, go find al those things again when uv decided! lol. step3... choose the material! step4...get measured! step 5...come back and try it on step6...get it altered step7 come back and try it on again, maybe get it altered again! see! its a time consuming job. now imagine that between 2 girls, over 2 days gettin a total of about 30 things made! o yes, it was crap! lol. but, on the plus side al but one item each was great, so we were pretty happy.
sam got... 2 coats, a suit, pair of shorts, 3 trousers, 4 sandals, 2 shirts, 2 dresses, erm i think thats it!
i got...2 suit jackets, 2 fitted waistcoats, 3 sandals, 1 dress, a pair of shorts a leopard print skirt and a puffball skirt! lol.
the nextday, stress over, we went to the beach! yay for tess! we got a motorbike backy there and back, yes parents i kno that sounds risky but thats the transport there and it was either that, hire and ride a motorbike ourselves or spend half a day on a pushbike getting there trying not to collapse! lol. it was a bit scaryish at firt but our bikers looked after us! lol. the beach was a million tmes ncer than we had anticpated! very pretty and decked out with wooden sun loungers and big bamboo umbrellas, with a few retaurants along the beach front, and some ancient locals trying to sell us thgs from baskets! lol. we stayed there a few hours, ate at on of the little restaurants, not very adventurous though im afraid, had a dip in the sea, until i saw a jellyfish, bit more sumbathing then we headed back. i love the beach and could spend all day there but sam isnt so crazy about it as some of you prob already know, so we have to compromise and go after sams ready and before i am. lol. o well. therell b plenty of beach in thailand...amidst the monsoon! lol.
on our fourth (i think) full day we went to the post office in the morning to send stuff home. big job! i got stingy and just sent the most important stuff home and crammed the rest into my ever heavier rucksack... sam had a good ridding and sent the lot home! it wasnt all that pricey considering really, and the stuff should reach home by the end of may! so look out in the post! after the post office on that fourth (maybe) day we hired out some bikes! lol. push bkes! with little mesh baskets on the font. hehe. we rode to the river in attempt to find the japanese brdge, but sam's normaly excelent map skills (or maybe it was the map) failed us and we gave up n just went for a rde around the river, maybe looking for the market. it was lovely biking by the river, yes i enjoyed bike riding, lol, some of it anyway. mid way to nowhere tho we got dstracted by a very cheap boat ride along the river, so we chained our bikes up, and clambered aboard, on our very own private romantic little river ride. the boat ride was, well, quite dull really, lol, but relaxing and we got to see the market and got offered fish. lol. after an hour of very slow boat moving, we arrived back at ou bikes and were a little confused... were they our bikes? they no longer had a chsain and padlock...but they looked like our bikes! in the end we ecided they were our bikes and someone, ironically, had stolen the chain and padlock but left the bikes... funny., but sam less mpressed as wehappened to use her chain that day! so that was annoying. we biked a little more around the river area, and stopped off at an internet cafe. mybike disappeared from outside and got returned again by the tme i left the internet place, these were clearly very important bikes! despite the fact they cost us less than a pound to rent for the day and probably not much more to make! lol.
we had some good food at hoi an, admittedly not all that muchvietnemese, but we were in need of the good western food they had to offer, ... cheese,bean and onion toasties went down a treat, as did a load of pancakes! lol. oopsy! o and several very nice cups of tea!
al in al we enjoyed hoi an, there were only realy a few restaurant/cafes but that was idealbecause if you wanted to meet people you could really, we even bumped into a guy from vang vieng, and then a random other guy repeatedly while we were there! it was very cute and nice to relax there. its probably safe to say you couldnt stay longer than a week as there realy isnt a lot else to do there but it would be a nice leisurely week thats for sure.... unless you get masses tailored! lol.
we eventually dragged ourselves away from hoi an and booked a bus to nha trang...which we were hoping would be a bit of a vang vieng where we could chill out and party if we wanted to, we just wanted to meet some people again...we are bored of each other by now! lol. xxx