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Read my full day to day blog of my first big overseas solo trip.
Day 95 (10th March ) It was an early morning with rising at 4:15am to leave the hotel by 4:30 to drive to the airport to catch our morning flight. It was still dark and still outside. The hotel has packed us some breakfast to take with us and eat on the bus to the airport. Arriving at the airport not too sure how long, it took about an hour, but also not really caring.
The flight was another quick one being under an hour. Got our things and hopped on a bus for a 45 min bus drive to the temples. Arriving at the local temple and stepping out of our bus into a sauna of heat. We all hoped onto golf carts that took us half way down a path and then we had to walk, walk and walk some more down through the jungle till we all were covered in sweet, it was literally dripping off some people, as there is the heat which is already high and the humidity is a massive dump on top and surrounds your body. I saw some people walking back with ice creams and that was my goal to make it to the end just to get one if those. Finally turned a corner and was the place with the ruins of the main old temple that used to be hidden away by the forest and found by the French not too many years ago. Our local guide decided to tell us the history of the temples and how they all go by their names and all there history for a good 30 min with everyone waiting patiently trying to listen to him whilst dying if heat overload. The temple held so much history and have been passed through many religions. We walk through the buildings, those that remain behind and survived the bombings are so cool to see up and close. The temples are very similar to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Same style.
We arrived at our hotel and got dressed to head out for a bike ride around Hoi an. We all hired bikes and headed off across the bridge into the heart of Hoi an town which was stunning ! The cutest most colourful town I have seen to date. It had as much character still in the buildings and the town is surrounded by water with the rivers running alongside the main street. We wandered around the streets of the town, nipping in and out of cute roads till we arrived at an all-you-can-eat lunch. Spring rolls made yourself and mousse for dessert.
Biked to the bridge over a river that divided two types of people who used to live here and now joined them together. After we rode through to a tailor where you can order everything and anything you want custom made. From dresses, tops, pants, coats, shoes, bags. i decided to get a dress made and black pants as I am always too short to fit into store boat pants. There was a Cooking class for dinner which was interesting to watch and I even got some free tasters from the teacher chef doing her demonstrations.
After the class we went to a Bar that was quite busy as it was mainly filled with European tourists. After when walking home these scooter taxi guys started to follow us and try to tell us a completely different way to get back. When we started walking, they could be like “ you lost ? Come come join me.” There was no way I was trusting that guy who clearly gave us the wrong address as he pointed away from the river where we would have to bike over.
xx Kirsty Claire xx