28.03.2009 - 28.03.2009
It has been advertised all over Vietnam, maybe even all over the world, that tonight from 8:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. is Earth Hour, and everyone is encouraged to switch off their electrical appliances during that hour. I wonder if the army will also switch off their electronic defense mechanisms? Haha... Anyway I will be in the bus at that time, so none of my business.
I took a shower and checked out of the unfriendly guesthouse slightly before 9a.m. and walked over to Sinh Cafe to keep my luggage, as that will be the place where I am going to board a bus to Nha Trang tonight. I couldn't find any money-changer nearby and I am running dangerously low on Dong, so I exchanged USD40 at Sinh Cafe at a rate of 17200 Dong per dollar. So now I am USD40 poorer, but 688000 Dong richer.
I started my walking tour around Hoi An old town. There are some historical buildings which were preserved but these require entrance fee. So I just passed by and did not enter, opting for a free-of-charge walk-about tour instead. Stopped at Cargo Club for breakfast. Ordered a Parisian breakfast set and what a spread! I can't believe this is what the French really have for breakfast each day. I was so full after breakfast, and all for 49k Dong. During breakfast many vendors came to offer their goods, from newspapers to sunglasses to local fruits. They went from table to table, trying to sell their stuff to the westerners, but just passed me by..... I must be too local-looking to be worth bothering. Haha... Anyway that was interesting.
My Parisian breakfast set!
Continued to wander around aimlessly in Hoi An city and took some pictures. Take a look...
Other than countless tailor shops, there are also innumerable footwear shops...
Not only shirts and shoes... Even Red Star caps are everywhere!
Some pictures of the outdoor market:
Some pictures of the streets of Hoi An:
And also some pictures by the river:
I am feeling so full from the breakfast that I don't think I need any lunch! I crossed the bridge and went to Cam Nam Island. Was hoping to get a second-hand book from Randy's Book Exchange. Eventually paid 80k Dong for a short story compilation, and walked to Lighthouse Restaurant for a glass of lassi. 30k Dong gone, but a great way to spend time. Breezy, lazy, just sitting at the balcony, drinking and reading...
Randy's Book Exchange.... Outside view....
... and inside view.
This is the Lighthouse Restaurant, or Cafe, or whatever...