The City of Lanterns

In Hoi An I decided to stay somewhere a little nicer. I chose the Salute Hotel & Villa. I paid $8 a night for a shared 2 person room, but most of the time I had the room to myself. The hotel was very nice and comfortable. It was nice to relax and have some space for a change. Traveling for months and living in dorm rooms can get old and tiring. 

View from the Hotel
View from the Hotel

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the awesome staff
The awesome staff Quoc, Yen and Long

Quoc (the bell hop) took me out to a local restaurant for dinner, beer, and dessert one night. He then showed me the night market. He spoke very little english, but was super nice. Quoc offered to drive me to the bus station the day I left and made the other guests walk haha. I ended up forgetting my passport at the hotel that day (you have to leave it with reception when you check into places). I was on the bus for 20 minutes when I see Quoc speeding past the bus on his motorbike and pulling over at the next bus stop. He took my passport out of his pocket and qucikly handed it to me through the door as the bus was about to take off. I was in complete shock. First, I couldn’t believe I forgot my passport and second, I couldn’t believe he drove like a maniac after the bus to make sure I got my passport back. The staff at the hotel were amazing and I am so thankful! It was great meeting you guys!

I was on a local bus. People were sitting in the aisle on luggage, small plastic chairs and upside down buckets. i paid 90 cents for a 1 hour ride to the next town
I was on a local bus. People were sitting in the aisle on luggage, small plastic chairs and upside down buckets. i paid 90 cents for a 1 hour ride to the next town.

I went for a bike ride to the beach and around town.

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The bicycles have foot rests on the back because many kids will hop on the back for a ride
The bicycles have foot rests on the back because many kids will hop on the back. You saw kids often cycling from school.

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They use these circular boats to go fishing
They use these circular boats to go fishing
They have huts on the beach you can rent for a couple dollars
They have huts on the beach you can rent for a couple dollars

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Stopped by the beach
Stopped for a fried banana donut. it was delicious!Stopped for a fried banana donut. it was delicious!
The river
The river
Saw these kids trying to catch something in the fields
Saw these kids trying to catch something in the fields

I met Fletcher (not his real name of course) and he took me to an island where I got to see how the locals made boats, mats and rice noodles. He also drove me around the city and introduced me to some new foods. He spoke very good english. He gives free tours for a local tour company. 

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IMG_0028 The boats have eyes because they believe it protects them in the sea
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bending the wood for the boats

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wood carvings from a store on the island

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I learned how to make mats. They are used mostly to sleep on.

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They are made from dyed hay
They are made from a dyed hay

I also learned how to make rice noodles
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A rice snack she made us
A rice snack she made us
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A delicious dish only found in Hoi An
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Late night soup
A chicken walked by as I was eating
A chicken walked by as I was eating
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Trying my first sweet tea milk. It was a great dessert. I had strawberry flavored
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They use paper for napkins
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Powdered coconut donut thing
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inside
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Dried Squid jerky
vietnamese coffee is delicious and most coffee shops serve you free green tea as well
vietnamese coffee is delicious and most coffee shops serve you free green tea as well

The city of Hoi An is magical at night. It is an old looking town and has lanterns lit up everywhere downtown.

People drop lanterns into the river
People drop lanterns into the river
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Lanterns floating in the river

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They drop a huge net into the water and pull it back up to catch fish
They drop a huge net into the water and pull it back up to catch fish
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