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Welcome to the Vietnam series – guest posts from a fellow San Franciscan photog – the lovely Mai /fashionist/ during her travels in Asia. This post will close her beautiful series and I’d like to thank her for the collaboration, colorful photography and nice stories. ♥

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Hoi An, Vietnam /part three
Story, and photography by Mai

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oi An is my favorite tourist friendly town in all of Vietnam. It’s a place I know how to easily orient myself and get around. I like riding my rental bike to the beach each day where I swim for hours. After I’m burnt and sandy I ride to the tailor to be fitted for custom made clothes. The local tailors promise that they can copy anything you bring in or have a picture of. I’m a little wary of the picture route, so I bring in clothes I want copies of. It helps that I know how to sew, I suggest looking closely at seams and if you have a lot of items to make, you might consider going to more than one tailor. The turn around time is usually 1.5 days.
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yclos (xiclos) in Hoi An are more regimented than in any other Vietnamese place I’ve been. They are all maintained, parked in the same downtown area and the drivers wear a uniform. r

hey have fantastic nuoc mia (fresh squeezed before your eyes sugar cane juice) found on almost every corner. I didn’t take any pictures of the fantastic cao lau and com ga (chicken rice) I had there, but since I’m not from this region of Vietnam – these renditions of the regional food was such a delight. I’m such a foodie/nerd that I wrote down the “address” so I could find the same street vendors when I come back in a few years’ time. Hoi An has almost convinced me that I should spend a month there every year for the rest of my life.

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