A day in Hoi An and Surrounds

What a wonderful, busy day we had on our private tour to Hoi An with Xinh and driver Chut. Arranging the Tour through Xuan Tours was no problem, all questions were answered quickly and professional and we were kept in touch about who our driver and guide would be for the day. Nothing was a problem.We were picked up at the ship and whisked away in a lovely air-conditioned car. Our first stop off was at the beach in Da Nang, it was early which explained why there was no-one at the beach, but it was a lovely beach. Then through the countryside past the, rice fields and Marble Mountains and on to Hoi An where we took a boat with Mr Lang across to Cam Kim Island where we were treated to life in a village. First we visited the boat builders, all this work is done by hand mainly by older men as the younger generation do not want to do the heavy work anymore. Then it was on to woodcarvers, next we visited a place where young people were apprentices learning the local crafts/skill so that the skills wouldn’t be forgotten and the young people had employment. Rice paper crackers/noodles were next on the agenda followed by reed mats which we tried our hand at. The daughter of the lady who made the reed mats arrived home from school and came with us for the rest of the day, It was such a delight to have her with us, she was brushing up on her english. Then it was back on the boat to Hoi An, I couldn’t possibly write about all the places we visited in Hoi An, Lunch at Mr So’n was excellent, Ancient Houses, Temples, River Walk, coffee, Japanese bridge , shopping for Silver Jewellery, we packed so much into the day and arrived back with 10 minutes to spare before it was all aboard. I couldn’t recommend this tour highly enough. Really enjoyed the mangosteens Xinh. Thanks to all.

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