Gosh, this place is such a strange mixture of cheap and ripoff. And shopping around really does pay. We were quoted $4 for the journey from Hue to Hoi An and then went next door and were quoted $2.50 for a journey that didn’t leave at 7am. Duh! Even tho Chris decoded that it would be a good idea to wake up at 6am to go and take photos of the citadel at Hue anyways. I am shattered and about to go to bed at 9am. It’s a rock and roll lifestyle here.
Hoi An is lovely, and finally the sun has come out which is even happier making. And Chris was happy to wander off taking photos and generally enjoying himself. It’s 9pm at the moment and he’s still taking photos of the lanterns. It’s so pretty, such a picturesque spot.
Tomorrow we go to pick up our suits from the tailors. We decided that given that we both have job interviews when we get back (mine for a major charity in Oxford …) that really, it would be worth the investment. As I had been in the shop the week before with Stu – who had spent a small fortune – the ladies all recognised me and were delighted to see me again. And they gave me a big discount on both mine and Chris’s suits which is awesome. It’s going to be weird having a suit jacket that actually does up over my chest!
Tomorrow we are up at 5am to go to the My Son ruins which are supposed to be the enchanting remains of the Cham empire who ruled this part of the world about 2000 years ago. And then a flight back to Saigon and Phnom Penh the day after. I can’t wait to get there actually, I’m a bit sick of Vietnam. I’m also getting a bit sick of moving around so much and the plan for Cambodia is 4 days in Siem Reap doing the ruins and then 3 days in Sihanoukville/Kep doing the beachs and then a few days in Phnom Penh for the last few days.