Day 228

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Day 228… We arrive in Danang and travel by minibus to Hoi An (approx 1 hr). Recently declared a World Heritage site (apparently), Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved as it was one of South-East Asia’s major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago and it retains the feel of centuries past, making it the sort of place that looks old and haggard, especially the more you explore the place. One other thing that makes Hoi An stand out, it’s also a shopping mecca – with soooo much to browse and buy. Choose from original paintings, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, embroidery, lanterns and … the reason I am looking forward to being here. Hoi An has also become famous for its tailoring, with a great variety of fabrics and tailors to choose from. I bring my photo from the markets and few days ago and get measured to within an inch of my life for the funkiest suit i can imagine… black Vietnamese silk embroidered with red dragons and phoenixes! Boom! I do his after we wander about and see more of the town and the amazing covered japanese bridge… the only bridge to incorporate a full temple within its water crossing walls.

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