Saturday, 15 November 2008

Food and Clothes in Hoi An

They may be two of life's necessities but here in Hoi An they are so much more than that.

Yes, our journey down the Vietnamese coast has brought us to a small town called Hoi An which is home to some 200 tailors and all of a sudden these backpackers (and flashpackers) are dressed a lot more smartly on the road. Including our good selves. Bought so far:

Ann - 2 skirts, 1 shirt, 1 pair of dress shoes, 1 pair of comfortable shoes, 2 pairs of trousers

Jeff - 1 suit, 2 pairs of comfortable shoes, 1 shirt, 1 silk tie, cufflinks.

We've heard stories of people staying for weeks and weeks as they double their wardrobe back home. For us, we'll be keeping our fancy clothes for a special James Bond film night in Bangkok later on.

And as for the food, it truly is sensational. As Lonely Planet puts it: "an antique city of lacquered wooden shopfronts and hands on cooking courses". Sums it up nicely since the food markets are bursting with colour and smells (although we both agree that the dried fish is a no go area!)

So we're staying here for 3 days, in the land of the suits, the skirts and the shellfish. But who knows, maybe that 3 days will become 3 weeks if we're not careful!

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