October saw us with a week off - so it was an opportunity to go somewhere new. A long time ago I had done a small tour of Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chin Minh and had loved a small resort on the way called Hoi An. When a local budget airline offered a good deal - it was time to take Shanhong. The first day was spent taking random photos in the old town - so this first gallery will give you a flavour of the place!

Once an important trading post, Hoi An is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site relying on tourism. Our first day walking took in a few temples, some street food, and a trip on the river. Day two we joined a cycling tour which took us out into the country and gave us a chance to try the famous bucket boats. We also saw the local industries, ship building, engraving of wood, and the weaving of bed mats.

As always when we go away, the trip included some great food!

So, there you have the first report from Hoi An. More to follow as we visit the mountain temples, have a trip to the beach, and enjoy a cooking course!
Take Care,
Trevor, Shanhong, and Teddy xxx