Hoi An is a Vietnamese town on the Unesco World Heritage list. Unlike Penang though, one can afford to be relaxed and lazy when visiting it. In fact, this is a place where one can afford to do absolutely nothing.
Stepping into the cool of an empty art gallery on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street one afternoon, I found myself intruding on a mother and her daughter napping in the middle doorway. Embarrassed, they quickly got up and showed me the empty dining area adjoining their gallery, which opened onto the Thu Bon River. Despite the many foreigners passing by outside at the rate of one-per-five-seconds, the café felt like my very own private retreat as I drank my ice-cold Saigon Beer and kicked back, letting the sun dry my rain-soaked sandals.
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