‘Live like there is no tomorrow’
Most of this week has seen us in a city called Hoi An – a world UNESCO Heritage site for its old town.
Also, its well-known for its tailors, so I got some, much-needed, clothing made, as its hard to buy clothing, of any quality, that would fit a Western sized person. So my first few days focused a lot on getting the clothing made, priced and fitted. I was lucky to have met some New Zealand women on my cruise in Halong Bay who recommended the tailor I used and, so far, the clothes are great and very comfy (Photos of outfits at bottom of blog.)
The Old Town of Hoi An is beautiful. Twice a day they shut it down to all mopeds – cars are not allowed at any time – and it becomes very peaceful and old worldly.
The buildings are 300 years old with some gorgeous architecture. You buy a 10 day pass into the old town which includes 5 sights of a possible 22. I was lucky and saw 7 of the sights. They have old houses where people’s families live intergenerational for hundreds of years and you can walk around and take photos – like an open house. I got to 2 of these homes – Old House Dec An and Old House Quan Thang – both beautiful.
I went to one museum – Museum of Sa Huynh Culture and visited the Japanese bridge with a temple.
I went to 2 Assembly Halls which are very similar to clan houses in Malaysia – a cross between a temple and a shrine to the ancestors of a given family.
My favourite of the sights to visit was the Traditional Art Performance which was a 20 minute show with singing, live players and dance.
There are a lot of tourist shops, but I didn’t feel overly hassled and a polite ‘no thank-you’ was enough.
There are some stellar places to eat and drink, such as: Reaching Out Tea House, Samurai Kitchen, Miss Ly’s Restaurant and Hoi An Roastery.
I have a real passion for tea, what is something you seek out when you are traveling, as a must experience, when you can do it?
Photos of outfits made: