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Peace and wine in Hoi An


I find tranquility in Hoi An, a small and quaint European-style town close to the coast. Full of cute cafes and kitsch bars (which were a little pricey) I felt much more relaxed and happy here.

The second day we hire bikes and cycle to the beach, only 2.5 km from town. With hardly anyone around I fall asleep to the sounds of the waves and under the affectionate warmth of the sun. Eventually I wake up incredibly burnt. Happens every time, and I never learn. Biking back past rice fields and country-side shack houses, I feel like I am in 'real' Vietnam.

The next day I go on a organised trip to My Son, an area containing relics of Hindu temples. It is an incredibly hot day, making it difficult to appreciate the site for what it is.

Later in the evening I go for a drink with some people I met on the trip, and I enjoy my first glass of wine in a long time. It's pricey but worth it. A few social drinks turns into a few beers, some shots and dancing on a pool table in the local noisy bar!

Posted by Melanie Kidd 03:10 Archived in Vietnam

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