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The Fisherman’s Village and more…Hoi An

We headed up the Thu Bon river to the fisherman’s village. This place is just so picturesque.  Just taking photos of people going about their everyday lives is a beautiful postcard.

A fisherman casting his net

A fisherman casting his net

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Hoi An – A Shoppers Paradise

We flew to Dan Nang this morning. It’s a short drive to the charming city of Hoi An.  This beautifully preserved little seaport village dating back to the 1500-1900s keeps its old world charm, banning cars and only allowing bicycles and bike-rickshaws on its streets.  Walking the streets is like stepping back in time. This location was prime in the first century because of its proximity to three rivers converging, with Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese all coming together here over its history.

If you love shopping, this is the place to be!!  Over ten million people in Vietnam make their living in the handicrafts industry and you’ll find a lot of the items here. There are also lots of great restaurants in the district, and over 160 tailors in Hoi An.  You can come in, get measured, and get a suit, shirt, or silk dress custom made and delivered to your hotel the next day!!   I definitely should have packed less so I could buy more!

At China Beach, on the way to Hoi An.

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Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam 

It only takes a second to realize that we are back in a very big city. Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon, was once the former capital, which was later moved to Hanoi. With a population of 9 million people, it is a constant swirl of traffic, with over 5 million scooters, with about a 30-to-1 ratio of motor scooters to cars.

Scooter City – waiting for the light to turn…

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