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Mar 29, 2007 - Hoi An, Vietnam

March 29th - 3rd (Hoi An) Let's go SHOPPING!!!! Okay seriously ... this cute riverside town, which I'm sure has some great cultural sights, important historical monuments and 19th century architecture (which is still intact since Hoi An was relatively untouched during the war) ... has a problem. Or should I say we have a problem. We tried not to be tempted by the calls from over 200 tailor shops and the 100+ shoe stores, but we were weak ... Very weak! Each of our 5 days here included at least one visit to the tailor and a check in with...

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Mar 3, 2007 - Hoi An

Great times had by all in the ancient city of Hoi An...deserted white sand beaches as far as the eye can see, a beautiful town with sweet cafes and restaurants, and hundreds of custom-design tailor shops... After being scrubby backpackers for the last couple of months, we decided it was time to get some quality threads made...2 cashmere wool suits, 3 silk dresses, 5 shirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of leather shoes and 1 pair of pants later, we decided enough was enough...it is absolutley crazy how cheap everything is here to custom fit...

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Matt and Jen in Asia

Dec 5, 2006 - Raining in Hoi An

Typhoon Durian has swept past just south of here, killing dozens of people and generally wrecking the place. The wind here has dropped, but it has rained like nobody's business all day so far. I have already had to change all my clothes once, and am now sitting in an internet place looking at the torrential rain and preparing to get soaked again. This morning I went off to look at some picturesque ruins near here, of the old Champa Kingdom's Hindu temples. The journey there by bus was a bit of a trial, as was the torrential rain, but I...

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Nov 2, 2006 - Overnight Train to Hoi An

We arrived at the train station with plenty of time to spare - the train was due to leave at 8:11 p.m. and it was only a few minutes late arriving from the south. We already knew from our tickets that we were not able to all be in a compartment for four, so we gave the tickets that were together to David and Jeong Ae and Anil and I took the other two tickets that were each in separate compartments. Not too thrilled about this arrangement but the train was full and there was no flight the next day from Nha Trang to Danang. When I arrived at...

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Oct 4, 2006 - Tam Ky.. arrived on the 2nd

Well Im not sure what happened to everything I added 2 days ago, it's all gone. At any rate I landed in Da Nang and the devastation was quite something, even thought I ust saw the airport and about 2 kms worth from there of the city. Trees uprooted everywhere, in fact the park across from the volunteer house there was almost stripped of every tree. The volunteer head lost the roof to his house and as a result had to go and move all is stuff to the volunteer house and sleep on the cold tile floor. I ended up only spending enough time there...

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ORR TRAVELS 2006

Jul 5, 2006 - Hanoi to Hoi An --suspiciously similar names, very differnt places!

Hoi An old town the world cultural heritage -In the 16th and the 17th centuries, Hoi An commercial port was the international trade center in Southern Vietnam. Foreign merchant ships came to Hoi An in great numbers and a bustle for annually commercial fairs, each lasted from 4 to 6 months. Right in this town, Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, Indian traders set up their emporiums or established their own quarters for permanent habitation. -Thanks to fortunate opportunities, the old town of Hoi An, a unique concentration of architectural monuments...

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Jul 3, 2006 - Nha Trang, Danang and Hoi An - Central Vietnam - Coming Soon

So, this was the first part of our trip to the North of Vietnam. Our first stop was Nha Trang, a small Town with a huge beach. There was nothing to see and do here other than sit and sleep on the beach and by the pool, so that is exactly what we did, Enjoying the peace and quiet after the hustle and bustle of Saigon. From Nha Trang we had a great little day trip to a mud baths and spa, set on a hillside overlooking the forest, where we spent the afternoon covering ourselves in green slime then washing it off with hot mineral water. The day...

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Jun 30, 2006 - Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam Friday 30th June - Tuesday 4th July Today we arrived in the town of Hoi An south of Hanoi. Our 16 hour overnight coach trip, had been less than comfy but at least we arrived there safely. We checked into the first hotel that we arrived at in the town, as it happened to be the one that some friends had recommended to us. The hotel was lovely and set around a small courtyard with outdoor swimming pool. We got a nice room with a small balcony and included breakfast. We had come to the town for two reasons, one was to see some...

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Jun 4, 2006 - hoi an

south from hue...we leave the day the hue festival starts and almost change the plans and stay... 2008 is the next ..maybe we will be back.. it looks like fun.. off down highway one for da nang ..home of the huge us air base...now a vietnam military facility but the runway beside china beach has been torn up to make a new highway along the foreshore and hotels are planned... we arrive in hoi an ..a beach resort kind of and laid over a beautiful old town... and we like the inside of the tailors shops so much we spend hours to and froing...

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vietnam for veterans

Apr 23, 2006 - Hoi An

Half way up the coast of Vietnam is the ancient town of Mui Ne. Once the capital, it was a bustling port town between the Europe/India and China/Japan. It is now a world heritage site and was one of the few places in Vietnam that was spared during the war. The old part of town consists mostly of 100-200 year old homes, halls and pagodas most with Japanese and Chinese influences. No motorized vehicles are allowed on many of the streets so it was much more fun walking around than most towns and cities. Ya sees, every where in Vietnam the...

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Mar 21, 2006 - Hoi An - Vietnam

We never realized how nakered we were from the get up and go pace we had been keeping for the past 4-5 weeks until we flaked out on Cau Dai beach in Hoi An. The travel,heat,dust and persistent hawkers of Siam Reap can be taxing, even on holidays!! We truly feel we have found a holiday destination with a good dose of history thrown in here in Hoi An with it's picturesque beaches, historic downtown, Cau Dai beach and extremely friendly locals. Cau Dai beach is Long Beach x 10 in size add 32C sun, 6-8 seafood on the sand beachfront restaurants...

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Mar 21, 2006 - Finding Nemo

It's been almost a week since I last posted, so here's what I've been up to... I hooked up with a great group of people to travel with - Diarmaid and Shane from Ireland (Catherine - I call them The Hurling Boys, you'd be the only one to really understand that one!), Camilla from Sweden and Deron from California (who doesn't say he's from the USA because "EVERYBODY knows California and it's the best state in the country". God grant me patience.). The five of us piled into a hard sleeper compartment and took the train from Hanoi to Hoi An, a...

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