So here we are in Hoi An, visiting the old town in multiple short blasts to prevent me from doing here what I did on Angkor Wat…
Hoi An is ridiculously pretty, full of shops selling multi coloured lanterns (I wish they came flatpack so they’d fit in my rucksack!), lanterns hanging across streets, lantern filled doorways…basically if you like lanterns then you’ll love it here. Lots of the buildings are really old and full of character, the river’s full of cute little fishing boats, and there’s nobody asking you if you want a tuk tuk or massage…bliss!
Every other shop is either a tailors, or a shoemakers, or both, so it’s pretty crazy, but so many lovely dresses everywhere! Sadly we don’t have the time here, but we also saw the shop where ‘Top Gear’ bought their clothes from (when they travelled north on their bikes), fun times!
Even though you don’t get hassled about tuk tuk’s or massages here, there’s still a lot of people trying to sell you a lot of stuff. Some of it’s nice, some of it’s lovely, most of it is unnecessary, but some of it is just plain odd. We were sat eating food on our first evening, and a lady came up to us:
Lady: Hello, where you from?
Lady: England! Lovely jubbly, you make nice couple!
Lady: Would you like a lucky coin necklace?
Lee: No thanks
Lady: Would you like a postcard?
Jenny: No thanks
Lady: Would you like a bracelet?
Jenny: No thanks
Lady: Would you like tiger balm in a spider-man?
Lee and Jenny: *Momentary Confusement* Erm, no thanks
Lady: Ok, bye!
Lee: Did she just offer us tiger balm in a spider-man?
Jenny: Yep, and the spider-man was in the shape of a grenade too.
Lee and Jenny: Weird.
You may be surprised to know that this wasn’t the last we heard of the spider-man, it’s a recurring product that we’re seeing everywhere…last night we even saw a spinning spider-man, with glowing lights, singing the crazy frog song. Bizarre!