Continued form Hue
DAY 10...Hue/Hoi An..Up, great breakfast again, and we get a minivan (yes it turns up this time!!....preordered in Australia) to take us to Hoi An...About 3.5hr drive past Lan Co beach, then up Hai Van pass to majestic mountain views...there is a quicker tunnel through, but the mountain road is definitely worth the extra time. We get out again at the top to admire the view of Danang, and a leper colony in the distance, and drive off thinking this has been such an easy day when the van starts making a loud, fast clunking noise. The driver gets out inspects the tyres, and drives on, for the noise to start again at about35km/hr. He stops again, and we are still a long way from Hoi An thinking this may take hours to fix...Glen gets under van and sees the weld is undone on the drive shaft...driver smiles and we head off at 25km/hr....bumpy road must knock it back in, as after only 10 min more we start to accelerate, and no noise!!!....we arrive at the beautiful Hoi An Beach Resort (on the edge of the river and beach) and are swimming in the 33.8c pool by 1.30...we walk down the street and order a suit for Chris from the same tailor as last trip 5 years ago, then order dresses for myself and the other girls at a different shop. She says to return for fitting next day. We catch the 5pm free shuttle into town and see the bright lanterns and the very busy /vibrant old town. We eat near the river, watch folk music in the square which includes raffles????(Like meat raffle night at the local club , see local piñata games and buy some tshirts etc. Catch taxi back $5, and retire to bed.
DAY 11...Hoi An...Up early to breakfast by the river watching local fisherman...so tranquil and pretty, then picked up to go to Cham Island Snorkelling trip. We get bounced around in 30min boat trip, before Island walking tour, then 1hr snorkelling. This is followed by an interesting lunch on the beach which includes eel in soup, prawns done in a baked bean flavoured sauce, cockles and some normal dishes like rice and calamari. We swim and snorkel on the beach before returning to port...We are amazed at doing the same trip 5 years ago, with only 15 people on the beach...This time we go to a much bigger beach luckily on the end, as there are probably 150 people this time. We go for a dress fitting, with some well fitting, some not, so must return after dinner. We have dinner at a beach restaurant, again last trip we were alone, this time many people. At the after dinner fitting dresses are still not right so we must return in the morning, but we pick up suit and it looks great.
DAY 12...Hoi An...You guessed it, more dresses right but still some bad...while we wait she alters them and they are good, so only 1 still wrong. We catch the shuttle into town and look at the Japanese bridge, ceramics museum, food and veg markets and head back early afternoon for last swim as relief from the very hot weather. We leave the great hotel, van to airport, plane from Danang to Ho Chi Minh, and say goodbye to out travel friends as we head for Paris and the next part of our trip!