In addition to the shopping and trinkets for sale all over, the city is pretty gorgeous. Most of the buildings in the central area have old wooden fronts and pretty paper lanterns are lit up at night and the city becomes a very romantic looking place (photos to come).
During the day-time on our first day in Hoi An Erik and I rented bikes and cycled around to see the streets and check out the beach. It was pretty hot so we were very sweaty, but we found relief in the city's market. I wasn't hungry (toooo hot!) but Erik got some pretty mean looking noodle soup and a yummy looking Vietnamese pancake with beef and shrimp. Later on, in the evening, we try out some traditional foods for dinner (including Cau Lau, a delicious noodle dish with what tasted like some kind of delicious curry sauce - delicious!).
On our second day we went snorkeling off of Cham Island, which was a pretty fantastic experience for me. The water was incredibly clear and we got to see some beautiful coral reefs and lots of interesting fish (including giant blue starfish, rainbow fish, weird fish with pointy needle-like noses, lots of small fish in schools, and spiky black sea urchins). It was absolutely beautiful!!! I've never seen sea life like it before. Haha... and baby jellyfish were stinging us quite a bit, but after a while you just get used to the burning feeling :) I was wondering why I kept feeling sharp quick burns, and then we saw them and figured it out pretty quickly. After snorkeling we got to have a vegetarian lunch with a local family (delicious) and see a bit of one of the islands. We also had amazing iced Vietnamese coffee (which we will miss once we leave Vietnam..they roast it differently and sweeten it with condensed milk... yum!) with some locals.
As Erik mentioned, tomorrow we leave Mui Ne and it's Sahara-like sand dunes for Saigon, which means we see the last of the ocean for the remainder of our trip. Well... soon we'll get to tube down the "Lazy River" (as Erik calls it) in Laos. So we haven't seen the last of water and sun-bathing!
Check ya later ;)