Well folks here we are in the beautiful Hoi An (Central Vietnam) having a ball. After riding just over 3000km through Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar we have had one incredible adventure. As in the past on arrival in Vietnam the desire to continue to ride goes out the window as the traffic is ridiculously chaotic and getting more so every year. Betty and Nancy quite happy pottering around the town and rice fields, exploring restaurants, cafes and visiting friends we have met over the years.
So it is awesome to be here and call it home for 9 weeks. Phuc Thao Villa our perfect digs for NZ$26 per night including breakfast with the most fantastic group of staff.
A little aircon maintenance required in our room. Not sure if OSH would be too impressed with the chair and ‘Long’ balancing on the bed.
Exploring the outskirts of Hoi An around the pottery and fishing villages.
The sad side of the crazy tourism growth in Hoi An. Has certainly changed from the sleepy village we first visited 12 years ago. It is now a bustling town with Chinese and Korean tourists arriving on mass following their guide with the coloured flag. Ongoing construction, and lack of infrastructure is putting huge pressure on this small town with more rubbish every year floating in the once prestine river.
There is still something magical about this place and the people. Although we can’t quite work out why “The Carpenters” is the music of choice in every venue be it instrumental, jazz, Vietnamese, or the original version…….? Our hotel seems to enjoy playing Richard Clayderman greatest hits every morning during breakfast which also has a couple of Carpenters classics thrown in the mix.
Great fun catching up with old friends and making new ones.
So there won’t be many blog posts over the next 6 weeks as we are settled in to our Hoi An routine of running through the paddy fields, going to the local gym, sampling more great Vietnamese cuisine and coffee which would have to be the strongest coffee in SE Asia………..and of course Leo’s cousin is always welcome at the end of a scorching hot day and at only NZ.76 per 440ml bottle it tastes even better.