The best thing about Hoi An

December 23, 2013

Bicycles!

Cycling the countryside of Kim Bong

Cycling the countryside of Kim Bong

We borrowed bikes from our fabulous hotel, Villa Hoa Su and took the ferry to the village of Kim Bong.

"One dolla" for the tourists.  10 cents for the locals.  I negotiated a half price return which was great fun.

“One dolla” for the tourists. 10 cents for the locals. I negotiated a half price return which was great fun.

Kim Bong has wood carvers that make furniture and carve buddhas and other objects for tourists. But mostly they make and repair boats. These boat yards were on a smaller scale than our local Port Townsend yard.

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And my favorite part was peddling through the rice fields and vegetable gardens. The roads are built for scooters, motorcycles and bicycles. No cars could maneuver the streets and byways.

If the Wizard of Oz had been written by Vietnamese, the Scarecrow would have dressed like this.

If the Wizard of Oz had been written by Vietnamese, the Scarecrow would have dressed like this.

The cows were tied along the river and looked much fatter than Mexican cows.

The cows were tied along the river and looked much fatter than Mexican cows.

These women were riding with over 100 pounds of marigolds on their bikes.  One tipped over and Chris was there to assist.

These women were riding with over 100 pounds of marigolds on their bikes. One tipped over and Chris was there to assist.

The village was a grid of streets for two-wheeled traffic only.

The village was a grid of streets for two-wheeled traffic only.

And after a fine day of exploring the Vietnamese countryside, chatting with residents that actually were not used to seeing tourists and were eager to practice their English, we enjoyed a delicious meal at, of course, The Morning Glory Restaurant

Sea bass with spinach and "red risotto."  Scrumptious.

Sea bass with spinach and “red risotto.” Scrumptious.

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2 Responses to “The best thing about Hoi An”

  1. Judy Horan Says:

    Oh, I love this entry! The photos of Chris towering over all…the countryside, the humility seeping through the photos…the bikes and that yummy looking dinner at day’s end. Adventure on my friends!! We are loving living vicariously through all the photos and descriptions. You are doing a great job with sharing! xoxo Judy and Felipe


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