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The tailors in Hoi An

by nate on October 16, 2009

We splurged a bit when we got to Hoi An. This ancient port city is well know for it’s tailored clothing, fine suits being one of the favorite items. With a recommendation from Quy, and no real expectation for what would be involved, we walked to a chosen shop and made an appointment for the next day.

When we arrived, we were greeted with stacks of reference material. After flipping through some haute couture magazines, I found a 3 piece suit for the job. Next came the material selection,which really defines the price. I’ve never owned a suit, so I went with a very nice dark gray, British cashmere. Beautiful fabric.

The countless measurements then began. The tailor laughed at how long my arms are, understanding why long sleeve shirts never fit. Never fit.

We were told to come back the next morning for refinements, which also became that afternoon, and the next day. Not entirely painless, but we made it through.

All in all, I had a 3 piece suit, 3 long sleeve shirts,tie, and a pair of shorts tailored. Becca had suit pants and vest, and 2 pairs of shorts made.

These tailors can make anything. You can bring a magazine and just flip through the pages, pointing at suits, dresses, bags, shoes, coats… just name it, and they will make it custom-tailored for your exact fit. All our numbers are now written in their “book”,  so if I need another custom suit made, an email with photo attachment will do it.

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Hoi An

by nate on October 16, 2009

These photos are from Hoi An’s Old Town and a nearby beach. The Old Town has been around for centuries and has Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. We thought that Hue flooded badly, but Hoi An is the city that really gets the water during the rainy season. There are some photos in here of the water marks in one of the old houses that we took a tour through. Again, they just move everything up to the second floor and clean as the water recedes. The beach was great: a 6km bike ride brought us to a piece of the beach we had to ourselves, except for one lonely vendor we sold us some chips and a couple of beers.

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Two-day Motorbike Trip

October 13, 2009

What’s the best way to see Vietnam? To really see and experience Vietnam? You hop on a motorbike and make your way through the country. Now, we would be doing more of this if renting a bike for more than a day weren’t so outrageously expensive. But luckily we met Quy and Ty, two Hue [...]

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