Day 18 Hoi'an
Today was our first day in the city of Hoi'an, which is an official heritage site. It's the cutest little city that lies on the river and has very old, pretty buildings..kind of reminds me of Venice actually. We woke up this morning at 4am to join a sunrise photography group (can't believe I actually woke up). A French photographer took us down the river to a fishing village and and talked about ways to get good pictures (shutter speed, composition, stuff like that). Tyler is the photo guy, I just like the pretty pictures in the end so I left all the hard work to him and I just went along for the ride. The fishing village had no tourists so it was cool to see what real life in Vietnam is like. The fishermen who has been fishing all night had just arrived so it was fish mayhem, fish heads were everywhere...it was very pretty though..kind of surreal. As you can imagine, it smelled like fish and smelled even worse at the fish sauce factory. We were done by 9:30, and made it back to the hotel by breakfast. We rented bikes and headed out again. First to drop off laundry because we are basically out of clean clothes (we did laundry when we were in the Thai islands) and then we went suit shopping. Hoi'an is known for tailors who will make a suit from scratch in 1 day for really cheap. Tailors line the streets so its hard to choose but we found a place recommended by trip advisor. Suit making is quite the process. First we had to choose the colours and material, then the style with questions like how many buttons here, how many pockets there, and then Tyler got measured up. We also ordered a few dress shirts and we have to return tomorrow for a fitting and then again in a few hours to pick up the final product. They also make dresses..it would be perfect for bridesmaids dresses actually. I ordered two casual dresses for work, hopefully they turn out, kinda worried about the colours and styles I chose. We then biked to the beach, the water was turquoise and lots of waves. We haggled on the beach with a lady for some souvenirs for some lucky family members and Tyler told her she was a "tough cookie" for her bargaining skills. Today must have been the hottest day so far, I'm melting. After the beach, we had to go back to the tailors for my first fitting..they literally had made a dress in hours. I felt really gross though as we had just come from the beach, all wet and sweating...I'm not sure I like my dresses...tear. There are also shoe makers everywhere so Tyler ordered a pair of shoes to match one of his suits. We went back to the hotel and had a much deserved nap. We went out for the evening and had a delicious dinner and strolled around the streets which were lit with colorful lanterns. We've had a great trip so far but we're going to be ready to come home soon..we're getting tired and we're not sure how much more rice and noodles we can eat.
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