Little bit of a sleep in until 8.30 this morning and then down for some breaky. We had some omelets again, along with some toast and Matty fit some bacon in of course!
We didn't have much planned for the day, so decided we would get some bikes for exploring the area. For one bike, just $1 for a day's hire - Van's one even advertised an All Blacks vs. Wallabies game on the front signage! Once we'd adjusted the seats and Van had figured out how to stop with about 15% functional brakes, it was off on a 4km ride to the beach. We got there to find it was a pretty average beach and you couldn't really park up the bike anywhere without paying at a parking area (we suspect a money making scheme). As the beach wasn't all that special, we just flagged, got an iced tea then set off back to main Hoi An town. Back to the hotel for a bit of a swim, then some chill out time before going to pick up our tailored clothing and drop it home. We then went back to the 'Market' food place below where we had done our cooking lesson yesterday and ordered three delicious items:
- White rose dumplings
- Crispy Hoi an pancakes (like we made yesterday!)
- Mango salad
- Crispy pork belly with noodles and bean sprouts.
After the late lunch it was back to the pool for another swim and some underwater photos (Matt wanted to test out his new 'tough' camera). Obligatory sunglasses in these photos even though in water....
We then went out for the evening, starting at the 'Reaching Out' tea house - a place which supports the physically impaired and there is no speaking so communication is through hand gestures, little blocks with words on them, and writing. We got a tasting tray of tea with some nice oolong, jasmine, and a 'lantern' herb tea, all of which were very delicious. We also had a very smooth arabica coffee. Very lovely little tea house!
After the refreshment, it was time for Van to start ticking off some scarf shopping. Matty also managed to pick up a few ties.
Dinner was at a seafood specialty restaurant where Van had a simple shrimp fried rice and Matty tucked into a giant tamarind sauce fried crab. It was a spectacle to behold and very finicky to eat which was right up Matt's alley (i.e. making very best efforts to get every single morsel of meat).
Van then got her nails done while Matty finished his tie shopping and had a bia.
And that was Tuesday :-)