HOI VAN PASS
Another early morning without much time to shake the hangover as we are off to do the Hoi An Pass but unfortunately the weather has turned sour. The closer we got to the mountain the worse it got and then of course it started to rain.
GOING TO HOI AN, THEN A VISIT TO THE TAILORS IS ESSENTIAL!
There was quite a bit of it (usually the most scenic route) where you could only see 5-10m in front of you. But as soon as we made it over and on the way down it was like a different country, the weather was amazing. We were stopping every few miles for a photo. The sweds and rob the Irish fella are staying at a hotel so we are planning on staying there too.
WHERE IS THE HOI VAN PASS?
Hoi Van Pass
Going to Yaly Couture (Hoi An) to get a suit and probably a bag as I don’t have anything to hold my stuff, the same place top gear went. There is so much choice I just didn’t have the time to look at everything. Phil got a bag ordered and I have to come back for a fitting tomorrow.
Took a trip to a night market with loads of fairground games and anything we play all he locals follow us to watch, it was almost as if we were good – we were far from it! After spending a fortune all I had to show for it was a tiny teddy.
Went to meet the crowd from the Castaway Cruise for a beer and lunch and we are all heading out tonight. Will be the usual pre drinks and shimmy shimmy they thought us which has been a bit of an urban legend between us all. Went out to a place called Why Not which Paddy recommended. Turns out it was the only place still open at 1 when we decided to go out. Was seriously drunk (so I’m told).
As you know my bag has been following me around Vietnam. But I got a call to say it had just arrived at the hotel, I was beyond shocked to how they even found it! The guy who had brought it had a huge smile on his face as who doesn’t like to be the bearer of great news that would makes someones holiday?!!
That was until I looked down at the back he was carrying over, it was clearly not mine! It was exactly how they described it (like mine), Osprey backpack with trolley capabilities, luggage strap! The only difference was it was half the size of mine.
ANOTHER ONE HITS THE DUST!
I immediately felt for whoever’s bag it was as considering it had flown half way across the world and was now in the middle of Vietnam I would be sceptical if they were to ever see it again! My guess is it would be thrown in a ditch on the way up the road, the Vietnamese are too nice for that! Anyway I made sure to tell the boys, make a joke and move on. I had now come to terms that I probably wouldn’t see my bag again but this was not the time or the place to let it get to you.
Died a death all day today but had to get up for the fitting and heading further on later tonight through the nighttime. It’s really good service at the tailors, the girl really knows her stuff and I didn’t have to say too much. You could easily spend a fortune in there, and was a good thing I was rushed.
Going back for another fitting and to see the bags, phil’s was a disaster and needed to be redone, mine was spot on (something going right for once). Just going to leave tomorrow as Phil’s bag and my suit won’t be ready until 9. Back again later and phil’s still wasn’t 100% so they gave it to him for 80$ which isn’t bad.
We continue to head further south and experience the insane nightlife of Vietnam that would even give Ibiza a run for its money, Click to read.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This post is part of the Vietnam Series, click to explore
- Have you been to the Hoi Van Pass?
- Did you buy a motorbike?
- What was your favourite part?
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