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Marble Mountains

The Marble Mountains are definitely worth a visit from Hoi An. The Marble Mountains are five hills and each one is said to represent one of the five elements: earth, water, metal, wood and fire. The villages at the bottom of the Marble Mountains specialise in carving, selling and shipping sculptures made from the marble.

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Cycling in Hoi An

In Hoi An we hired bicycles to go to the beach. If you’ve read some of my posts about the roads in Vietnam then you will understand why this was quite intrepid for me, but actually cycling in Hoi An was pretty pleasant, especially when we got out of the centre.

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Sunday with the Locals in Hoi An

We took a walk across the bridge near the market and over to a small island in the middle of the river on the Sunday that we were in Hoi An. There was a huge difference between this side of the bridge and the centre of town on the other side of the bridge.

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Hoi An Tailors

The thing to do in Hoi An is have clothes made. There are tailors and shoe-makers lining every street and they are all ready with their tape measure and their calculator. Most of the Hoi An tailors in the centre of town display similar garments to each other in their windows, most offer similar quality […]

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Cao Lau: Very Good!

In Vietnam, especially towards the south, you can get “phó” (noodle soup) at any time from the street vendors, in the markets, in bars, cafes and restaurants. In Hoi An they make a very special kind of phó called cao lau.

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Hoi An: A Beautiful Town

Hoi An was the first town during my travels in Vietnam that I would actually call beautiful. Of course, there have been many beautiful sights during this trip (check out the itinerary here) but not the actual towns themselves. There are vibrant towns, exciting towns, and busy, bustling, atmospheric towns,

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We Killed a Dog in Hoi An!

Well, not us directly but our taxi driver did. We had to take a taxi from Danang train station to Hoi An where we were staying.   We were driving down a dual carriageway and there was a dog in the road.

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Getting the Rice Paper Right

The other day I was telling you about Lluc in Mallorca and it reminded me of walking around the kitchen gardens at the Redbridge Cooking School in Vietnam. Today we are taking a journey across the world… I hope you are relaxed: the oven is switched off, the kids are in bed and you have […]