Daily Hoi An snapshot

As always having no problem filling in our days in Hoi An. A snapshot of our daily routine looks something like this.

Brekkie Time

Brekkie by the pool. We are currently the only guests at the hotel so getting the extra royal treatment.
Biking through the paddy fields to the gym

Gym time

Daily session at superfit gym, Andy being a clown. Combination of Vietnamese and foreigners. Lynnie the strongest Vietnamese man at the gym!

Coffee time after the gym

Lunch time

We had lunch at this little girls Grandmas stall. She had incredible English.
Cat wanted part of the action. Just hope its brother wasn’t in the soup
She was obsessed with Andy’s “furry” arms

Bike exploring time

Swim time

Beer o’clock time

Looking a little frazzled from the heat and the traffic after our ride into the old town
Always good to find a craft beer and a vino at the Hill station

People watching day and night

BUT WAIT…….

After so many trips to Asia we thought we had seen it all……..

Yep that is a dog wearing a nappy in the coffee shop.

Got to love it!!!! Cotinuing to have an awesome time hanging in Hoi An.

They Come They Go

One year on since our last visit and the changes of Hoi An continue as everyone wants a piece of this progressing tourist hotspot. Businesses come and go, construction everywhere, new coffee shops and spas continue to pop up.

Mr Hoang one of our favourite local eats over the past 4 years all finished up.
Mrs Hoang and her mother now selling clothes and apparently in one weeks time Mr Hoang will be selling Pho (noodle soup out the front of this tiny house that 3 generations share)
One of our frequented local Pho shops now a construction site
Pho Rieu another popular place of ours over the years ripping down his house but still serving great food
Construction workers taking time out from the midday 40deg heat. Had themselves a couple of Larue beers and then napped on their makeshift cardboard bed which they bring to work everyday
Many of the older generation still running businesses on bikes

While the younger generation opting for battery bikes.

With all this development this has been the most positive thing we have seen. Drink refill stations. Absolutely love it.

We have only seen 2 so far but better than none.

We are having an awesome time biking around Hoi An, checking out the changes and catching up with friends.

Our favourite coffee shop Borina still alive and kicking.

Bob and Barry parked up with the other coffee punters
Post work out coffee.
Street food for lunch. Mrs Hoangs sister and hubby

Hustle and bustle at 5pm closing of the markets
We have seen this lady every year for the past 4 years selling her flowers daily at the markets.

Meanwhile we people watch across the street watching the comings and goings, having a 5pm cold beer, celebrating another awesome day in Hoi An and how lucky we are to be back here again.

Hoi An is almost unrecognizable from our first visit here in 2006, and the speed of change is incredible, however it is still a very special town, that we absolutely love.

Going Posh in Bangkok to routine in Hoi an

We had ourselves a fab 48 hours in Bangkok and even managed to find a sports bar to watch the ABs get smashed. Bangkok seems to get busier every visit but the city of 10 million is changing. Less street food stalls, and more Western cafes popping up. Many slums being replaced by large commercial and residential developments. Constant traffic jams with more cars on the road. However the peaceful Lumpini Park is a lovey haven for the residents of this huge bustling city.

Looking a little jet lagged and pasty white on day 1 exploring the back alleys of Bangkok.

Loved our stay in Bangkok and could get used to the Club Lounge service.

The ever sprawling Bangkok

Farewell Bangkok but we will see you soon.

Here we are now back in Hoi An our happy place and settled into routine for the next month. The heat, the people, the food, what isn’t there not to enjoy.

They are no Betty and Nancy but Bob and Barry will be our trusty steads for this trip
Back at Phuc Thao Villa – same lovely staff and same room as last year. Like we have never been away

The flowers are amazing at this time of year, and Andy you look pretty good also
Beer o’clock on the waterfront – after another tough day at the office

Second home here we come

Well we have done our best gutsing out the Nelson winter but time to head back to Asia and get some warmth to recharge the solar panels.

Leaving Betty and Nancy behind but we will see them in 5 weeks where we look forward to plenty of spring and summer adventures in NZ.

Was well worth hanging around for winter to celebrate Dads 70th with the family in Waikanae last weekend.

Now time to get the show on the road and swap the beannie for a bikini! Keep warm everyone. Farewell from Auckland airport.

Oh so pretty but oh so cold!

Making the most of winter back in Nelson. Betty and Nancy loving some frosty riding on the Great Taste Trail.

Yep that is a jolly good frost and an icey driveway. Feeling like a tele tubby with my layers on.
Rabbit Island looking stunning
Mapua a postcard in winter or summer

Winter paradise
Sneaky drinkie in Mapua. Got to love Rimu Grove wine bar
Cheers folks wherever you are
Betty and Nancy waiting patiently for us. They seem to spend half their life waiting for us while we refuel!

The Wild Wild West

Second time riding this great West Coast Wilderness Trail and it was awesome. This time was with the bosses doing homework for work and what a blast we had. A handful of pics from the past few days.

Day 1 Ross to Hokitika 33km

Arrival into Hoki

Day 2 Hokitika to Lake Kaniere 24km

West coast scenic waterways cruise. Well worth it

Arrival into Lake Kaniere

Great stay with Grant at Lake Kaniere. A true coaster.Lake Kaniere to Kumara 52kmArrival into the beautiful Kumara and staying at the Miners Cottages at the Theatre Royal.Then the final day from Kumara to Greymouth 29km

Guiding on The Great Taste Trail

What a great way to spend Easter guiding two lovely groups of cyclists on The Great Taste Trail showcasing this beautiful region.

Andy’s group of 8 Australians – Day 1 departing Kiwi Journeys depot
Lynnie’s lovely group of Aucklanders riding the Extraordinary Great Taste Trail
The start of eating and drinking for 6 days
Andy chasing after his group. One of many times doing the big chase…….herding cats on bikes
Kohatu to Spooners magic autumn colours
Peninsular bridge in Ngatimoti making our way to Dunbar estate
Departing Kaiteriteri
Unloading the Van’s ready for more pedaling
Another coffee stop
On the Mapua Ferry heading to Rabbit Island

Mapua looking stunning
Rimu Grove wine tasting

Another super successful guided tour with Kiwi Journeys, everyone wowed with the stunning scenery we have on our doorstep.

Autumn in Abel Tasman & Awaroa

How spoilt we are to have this on our doorstep.

An amazing weekend running some of the Abel Tasman, and a night at the beautiful Awaroa lodge. (Huge thanks to a work Famil)

Checking out the eels
How the other half arrive!
Great digs
Truly stunning autumn day in Awaroa

Then it was back to Kaiteriteri grabbing a couple of Mt bikes and riding the Mt bike park and a magic section of the Great Taste Trail.

Perfect weekend in paradise on our doorstep.

Doing our homework on the Great Taste Trail

What an awesome 30hours we have had doing our homework for our up and coming Kiwi Journeys guided bike trips.

We are super spoilt to be able to ride straight out the front door and explore this magic region.

Nancy loaded ready to go

First stop WOW museum and we were totally Wowed!

30years on where Nelson began the WOW (world of wearable art) story
First coffee stop of the day at the WOW cafe

Further up the road the brand new “Pics Peanut Butter World”. What a success story and super cool spot.

The new factory turning out peanut butter in 45minutes from go to wo
Of course had to make a little and sample it. Can’t believe it is only made with peanuts and salt – no added extras

Betty and Nancy needed to get the wheels turning after two great stops.

20km we are were at the Grape Escape for lunch

Then the drought…………….not until you are out and about you see how dry the Nelson and Tasman region is.

The Waimea river looking incredibly low

Taking the opportunity to explore new places we visited a winery, that we didn’t even know existed – Kaimira Winery

Super pretty and the grape harvesting starting this week

Another few stops at Brightwater before a refuel stop at the Wakefield Hotel.

Being a good old southern girl you have got to love these pubs still selling Speights in tallies

Then we made our way back to Hope where we had our wonderful digs for the night at Pear Orchard. What a truly magic setting, fantastic accommodation and wonderful hosts Timo and Olivia.

Pear Orchard
Stunning view from Pear Orchard
The chooks who gave us great free range eggs for breakfast
Selfie with the view and the dry countryside

After brekkie this morning back on the bikes in beautiful weather making our way back to Nelson.

Cruise ship at Port

All that in 30 hours and we were back home in sunny Nelson.

The Nevs Betty and Nancy are definitely loving life and living the dream this summer.