17.06.2007 - 20.06.2007 34 °C
My bus trip to Hoi An took 4 hours and while waiting for Alex to arrive in the hotel I enjoyed the pool. The hotel we are staying in, Vinh Hung 2 is really nice. Great room and even a pool in the courtyard. We spent the afternoon having a look around in town. Hoi An is really beautiful. It is the only place in Vietnam that didn't get damaged druing the war and loads of really nice old houses. Everything is much smaller here and much more relaxed. Really like it here. We bumped into the Aussies from the homestay and had a few drinks with them ang got a recommendation for a tailor where we headed to the next morning. What a great experience that was. They had loads of catlogues to choose from and I even designed my own Chinese dress. After picking what you like, you then choose the material for it. It was brilliant. They then measure every inch of you. We stayed there from about 10am to 1pm and had our first fitting already at 7pm where most of it was already done. Incredible! I spent more than I wanted, $950 but I got the following:
1 grey business suit with jacket, trousers and skirt
1 black suit with jacket and long skirt
1 linen suit
1 winter coat
2 short sleeve shirts
2 long sleeve shirts
1 work dress (wasn't meant to be for work but as we chose suit material I don't think it is suitable for anything else...)
1 Chinese dress
I then spent another $120 on 3 pairs of shoes and 1 pair of boots, which are of course tailored too.
A girls heaven!!! Alhtough Alex loved the experience too and every other guy we met did too. It is so cool and they are so professional. The great thing is they keep your measure on file and you can email them in future and order anything you like via email.
To recover from the exhausting time of all those difficult decisions we relaxed by the pool and did some sightseeing before dinner. Alex bumped into his sisters boyfriends best friend, john, who had a not clarified relationship with a Vietnames girl, which was most intriguing.
We went to a great restaurant whith a set menu with 5 or 6 dishes which was really good. Afterwards we went for drinks with them and had a really nice and funny evening. Nice way to celebrate into my birthday, in style of course with Long Island Ice Teas. :-)
The next morning was quite hard as we finished at 2am and had to be up at 7am. I had a great birthday though! It started with a visit to the market, followed by a boat ride to the Redbridge Restaurant where I did a cooking course which was great. My food decorations were certainly not my strength. My rose made out of a tomatoe looked more like a pyramid or maybe just a pile of tomatoe skin! After that we ate what cooked and went for another fitting at the tailor's. After speaking to Chris I found out that my package from Nepal has been opened and they took my Nalgene bottle with all my jewellery and souvenirs out! Damn!!! I am really unlucky!!!
After that we relaxed by the pool and I even got a card and a present from Alex, a really nice Vietnames diary, as mine is finished now. Really nice and sweet of him. I also got all flights and travel arranged for the remaining time in Vietnam and have now followed Alex' advise to go to Phu Quoc and skip Nha Trang and Mue Ne instead. 5 days of relaxing by the beach should be great and hopefully some good diving too. In the evening Alex took me out for dinner and we ended up having many more drinks and I was quite hung over the next day and suffered the whole day.
Got all my cloth and shoes finalised now and managed to ship everything back too. Let's hope it arrives this time.... I am really happy with all my cloth but the shoes aren't so great. The quality is not that good, but hey ho....
We are both flying to Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City tonight, but Alex is leaving earlier than me. We are sharing a room in the backpacking area and then I booked a room in the Park Hyatt Hotel, my birtday present from my Mum, which should be great. I decided to invite Alex along too, otherwise it might be a bit boring.