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Asian Adventure: Hội An, Vietnam – VLX (Lindy Exchange)

By Irene Gomes @PetitePlusMeow

Xin chao! [sinjao] – Hello!

Ban hay khong? [bahn nay khom?] – Would you like to dance?

Hoi An, Vietnam!

Of all the places on the travel agenda for this trip – this destination was for the shortest stay.  We flew out just for the weekend from KL, Malaysia to Danang, Vietnam ….a 30min drive from Hoi An, specifically for VLX – Vietnam’s Lindyhop Exchange weekend!

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This was my first time swing dancing outside of Canada!

If you remember from my previous post, there was a pie chart highlighting the various nationalities that would be at this dance exchange – I’m proud to say that me and my travel mate added to the 7% Canadian slice who were in attendance :)

Where We Stayed

We signed ourselves up for the full weekend – which meant we did’t have to do a thing when it came to booking hotels and transportation to/from airport – VLX took care of us as soon as we landed!

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The glorious Hotel Royal Hoi An, MGallery Collection – we had breakfast around this lovely pool every morning!

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THIS was our fantabulous suite —- These Beds! These Pillows! These amazing fluffy robes!!! This place was divine!!!

We were on a tight dance-filled agenda which began with a Welcome dance our first night at the Hoi An Historic Hotel ….

The theme that night was “East Meets West” … here’s what I wore:

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My gf and I found these lovely batik printed skirts from The Central Market in KL, and went twinsy for the evening complete with flower in hair and vintage bangs.

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Batik skirts with fanny prints + tanks + vintage hair flowers + bumper bangs = East Meets West

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Caught in the lindyhop act … some kind soul snapped these (Thanks Jason & Sheila)

We were caught on camera and made the News in Nam!!!  See if you can spot ME in the news clip friends ;)

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While other VLXers woke up super early for a bike ride to explore Hoi An (after dancing until 3:30am the night before) …

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me and a few other deep-sleepers chose to enjoy the day in the pool instead – until the next dance of course :)

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Beach Afternoon – An Bang Beach, Hoi An On Sunday afternoon we were shuttled to An Bang Beach to Soul Kitchen and took over a lovely little section of sun and shade …and DANCING!!! 10626436_10152712076388199_4415371559603098476_o

Day drinking + relax-o in between barefoot lindy hopping = Paradise!

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Me among the beauties representing Malaysia at the VLX :)

And then the barefoot Lindy Hopping began!

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The VLXers of 2015…. such a great group of people!!!

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MORE Dancing Nights …

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve likely already seen a few of these pic and can watch a few vid clips too.

Every evening there was a dinner and a dance planned for us.  Here are a few shots of all the fun:

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Dancing at the Bamboo Buddha

This evening’s dress code as “Extreme Opposites”.  I had no idea what that meant … and so I went as Batman!

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I’M BATMAN! ;)

Isn’t this a great picture?  Borrowed this hat from a VLX Cowboy. He snap this photo complete with Asian sworded companion.

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Our last night in Hoi An, we had a farewell dinner at Green Mango ….with a dress code of “Modern Vintage”

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Dinner our last night there…le sigh.

After dinner our last night of dancing in Hoi An….we took the Lindy Hopping to the streets…

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My dress is from the Canadian designer Cherry Velvet Plus, click here for outfit deets.

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Dancing in the Streets! Loved it!!!

Of all the places I visited this trip, THIS is the city I wish I had spent more time in….sigh.  Guess this just means I’ve gotta make another visit sometime soon <3"><3"><3"><3"><3

Although much of the trip was spent dancing …. I was able to check out a few sites, ate some amazing meals and even got to visit a tailor to get some custom threads made!!!  7 new pieces came home with me!

Stay tuned for the next blogpost highlighting these things specifically!!! Thanks for reading! xo

In case you’ve missed any… PPMeow’s Asian Adventure includes:

  • Asia: What to Know Before you Go – click here for blogpost
  • Clothes vs. Backpack – click here for blogpost
  • 30+ hours of Travel – click here for blogpost
  • 22 Days, 3 Countries – click here for blogpost
    • Boracay, Philippines – White Sand Beach – click here for blogpost
    • Hội An, Vietnam – The Ancient City (coming soon)
    • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Food, Fun and Fashion (coming soon)

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