25.04.2017 - 29.04.2017 30 °C
We left Hue on Anzac Day and headed down the coast to Hoi An. This time we took a private car which meant we could stop along the way and do some tourist spots. We stopped at a few look out points on our way but the big attraction was marble mountain.
There are 5 mountains that just pop out of the landscape and each is named after one of the elements.
This is all the information I have on marble mountain. I didn't even know it existed until we stopped there. Adam had heard about it which is where I learnt the above fact....but he stopped reading about it after that so we're none the wiser.
I guess the best way to describe it is a tall mountain with a series of caves, a lot of pagodas and some carvings in the marble rock faces. We took an elevator up to the top and had a wonderful but hazy view over Da Nang and Hoi An.
We stayed about 6kms outside of the Hoi An town at a homestay on An Bang beach. The majority of our time spent at the beach each day swimming and having fun in the waves. The owner of the homestay let her friends in local businesses know we were there and our first day on the beach we were greeted by all of them. One of the businesses was a spa and after being harassed by the owner I had some treatments done. I decided on a manicure, pedicure and a hair wash and blow dry. An interesting experience....halfway through the manicure I was told she'd take me on her bike to their other salon to have my hair done. Based on how they drive their bikes I was not too keen to get on the back but went anyway.
We arrived at the second salon a.k.a. a tin shed on the side of the road where I had the most bizarre hair wash I've ever experienced. It was actually one of the best but it involved a lot of slapping on my head. The blow dry consisted of her half drying my hair with the dryer and then going over it with the straightening irons. I could hear my hair singe as the irons went over. Then once done back on the bike to the original salon. I arrived back looking as though my hair had never been done but it was lovely to have some "me" time and a bit of pampering.
Hoi An has a wonderful night market and the city is lit up like a Christmas tree. We went in one night for dinner and a look around. Lots of people enjoying the river cruises and people lighting lanterns and floating them down the river. The architecture is beautiful as its all the original French and Chinese buildings. If you want clothing or leather shoes this is the place to come - all made to order. We didn't buy anything but it was great to look at what they did have on offer. Whilst there we also got one of the local donuts - they are massive sugar coated donuts that taste like oil. However it was still delicious.
Our last day in Hoi An was Adams actual birthday. The weather was pretty miserable but we walked down to the French patisserie and got cake so we could sing happy birthday. We spent the rest of the day relaxing in our room watching the footy. Carlton even had a win to celebrate his birthday.
After sun and R&R on the beach we are now energised for our next stop - Ho Chi Minh City!!