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Vietnam-An Oid in Hoi An

Yesterday, I got up early to catch the bus from Hue to Hoi An, which is the next stop on a so-called tourist trail. The bus ride was relatively pleasant, The bus had wifi, which worked for approximately half of the ride. Wifi doesn't seem to work often, even on buses that say they have wifi- so that is a plus.

The issue was the hostel in Hoi An advertised they would pick me up from the bus station-I just needed to let the hostel know which bus company I would use-as there we're many. Being that I arranged the bus transfer through the hostel in Hue, I asked them, and emailed the hostel the night before.

The hostel in Hoi An sent me an email back saying they we're unfamiliar with that bus company. I asked the man on the front desk in the hostel in Hue to call them and tell them-he agreed to do so and did, at least I think he did-as I have no idea what he said-as it was in Vietnamese
Anyway, yesterday I took the bus on the incident free ride, and around 11:40, ended up in Hoi An. I was the only person on the bus, I seemed to be on some quiet side street, and there was no van waiting to pick me up, so I had no idea what to do or where to go. Fortunately, I was able to access the internet, and use Google Maps to find the hostel, which was only about a 10 minute walk away.

When I arrived at the hostel-the front desk asked why I wasn't there when their van arrived to pick me up, and I asked why the van wasn't there to pick me up. I didn't want to fight after waiting in the heat-so I dropped my bags off- (check in was in another hour).

I walked around the town-it had old architecture, as Hoi An wasn't really affected by the war. The town was filled with shops, many we're tailoring shops selling suites. There we're lots of restaurants with signs in English, and I ate at one. The food was just ok. The streets we're filled with tourists. I walked to a market selling fruits and other vegetables.

I then walked back to the hostel, checked in, and took a nap.

Towards the late afternoon, i walked back amongst the crowded streets, and towards a Japanese Bridge, which was built in 1590. This was among the river. I kept walking along the river, looking at the various shops selling lanterns, There is a lantern festival on the full moon of every month, but even without a full moon the town celebrates with lanterns.

As I was walking, I walked past an Irish Pub, and started talking to two Dutch ladies, I had a couple beers with them, and then returned about 11-11:30 pm.



Posted by DavidPearlman 18:31 Archived in Vietnam

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