We travelled to Hoi An in a Minivan we stoped at the top of the Hi Van pass and explored the old gun emplacements that were used by the French and then American soldiers during the wars. We could se the marks the bullets had left in the concrete walls. It was very high with an amazing view.
Toby by one of the the gun implacements
We stopped to climb up one of the Marble Mountains. There were lots of steps again or you could go up in a really ugly glass elevator that had been built on the side of the mountain. We chose the steps. There was a big cave with some Budda statues carved out of the stone. A place for people to come and worship. We also went to a factory and saw people doing the carvings out of the marble. Some of the statues had been bought by New Zealanders.
Hoi An is a nice quiet town some of the town you are not allowed to drive along so that made it more relaxing for us to walk. One night there was a Full Moon Festival. The whole town turned off all their lights and used lanterns instead. It looked really pretty. Everyone was putting paper candle lanterns on the river too. We bought 2, carefully lowered them down to the river and watched them float away.
In the evening in the town you could play games. We did blindfolded claypot smashing. It was really hard the man did let us take off our masks and have a go though but we still couldn't smash them. He was really nice though and still gave us a prize.
Toby: One night in a shop I was standing wating for Mum and Dad and a lizard ran up my leg. I laughed it felt tickley, the lady in the shop thought it looked like a tattoo on my leg.
Holly: We had two trips to the beach during our time in Hoi An. The second time the waves were massive and we had lots of fun surfing in the waves one time I started behind Dad but the wave picked me up and dumped me in front of him. I lost my goggles and a man about 20 metres away found them. Toby found a plank of wood floating along with a crab sitting on it - going for a ride.
We had a morning out to the fishing village with a local man. We had a turn at making some claypots on a wooden wheel that was being spun around by an older boy. That was his job there was no electricity.
Our creations - what do you think?
Toby: We had a go at fishing the fishing rods were made out of bamboo they had a small hook and we used worms for bait. I was the only one to catch a fish it was about 5 cm long.
We had some sugarcane juice it was really sweet this is how the lady made it squeezing it through a big wringer
After fishing we went back to Mr Trung's house for lunch. His wife made the best spring rolls noodles and rice.
Holly: Another day we had a trip out to the My Son ruins. A lot of the buildings had been destroyed during the war and we could sitill see the big craters left by the bombs.
The next place we visit is Dalat I am looking forward to some cooler weather.