I’m tempted to use the good old saying of ‘shopping is a girls best friend’ but as much as I do love clothes, to be honest sometimes going shopping really annoys me. You traipse around for ages looking for the exact thing you want (and can never find), or you finally find what you want, only to realise that its not in your size or its way too expensive! Anyway, you kind of get the picture why I’m much more of an Internet/eBay shopper these days.
Despite all this, I WAS prepared to traipse around Hoi An looking for clothes because let’s face it, that’s just what you do when you are in tailor land (sorry I mean Hoi An!).
So off we went into town and were very super duper quickly ushered into the markets… Possibly the dodgiest place to shop, but hey! After being measured up, Dave ordered two pairs of work pants and three business shirts (how very sensible of him!) and me three dresses that I totally didn’t need (how very insensible of me!). Now this stall was tiny and like a little hot box. We were lucky to have even been able to find it again when we went to pick up the clothes… After a few wrong turns that is! Anyway, amazingly the clothes turned out really well! They made a few more alterations when we picked them up and they were such a bargain. Still it probably wasn’t the best place to go for clothes and I think we were probably just really lucky that they turned out ok!
Then we continued on our little hike back to Yaly which was pretty much the total opposite of the markets… Clean, super professional, hi tech, air conditioned, chandeliers hanging from the roof and really just very snazzy! We were so happy with how our clothes turned out at Yaly. To be honest they were only a bit more expensive than the markets but the quality was heaps better… And still so cheap! I had two winter coats made (from a photo of one I had back home) and they were perfect! Actually a much better fit than my original one! Dave had a suit and a couple of shirts made and they turned out great too. I would definitely recommend Yaly!
And just because I was now in the swing of shopping (and in my happy little holiday bubble where my brain was saying ‘of course you will wear this HEAPS when you get back home’) I got a couple of dresses made in a shop called BeBe which was similar to Yaly but maybe a little cheaper. They were soooo patient considering I had no idea what I wanted and was flitting between maxi and short dresses (they must hate people like me!). Ended up going with the short dresses… Probably more practical!
So our shopping trip ended happily! I kept thinking that if you were ridiculously tall/short or had huge/tiny feet then Vietnam would definitely be the place to come to buy clothes and shoes. They will make ANYTHING in any size, shape, material and for next to nothing!
Thank god I left heaps of room in my suitcase. Still not liking our chances of getting away with no excess baggage though (hehe and I’m talking about our suitcase weight… Not our excess spring roll weight either thank you very much!).