After 2 days in Saigon, my mom and I took a plane to Danang for our next destination, Hoi An.
Hoi An is located in Central Vietnam and most people visit Danang, Hoi An, and My Son together. Danang has since become an international resort area, where the coastline is lined with 4 or 5 stars hotels (too expensive for me). It is also where most people would fly-in by plane since it is the only place in central Vietnam that has an international airport.
Hoi An is 30-50 minutes away from Danang airport by car (time depends on traffic). On our way, we passed by the Marble Mountains before getting to our hotel.
Hoi Ai was a large commercial port, where boats from Japan and China came in and out with goods. Therefore, much of the ancient town has lots of Japanese and Chinese influence. Visitors wanting to see more of Vietnamese architecture and culture should head north to Hue.
Hoi An has lots of many nice villas and we booked one called Riverside Oasis Villa. For about $25 US a night, we got a nice room and free bike rentals. There wasn’t any breakfast but they let us rent the bikes for free.
The first task after checking in is finding food. The villa is some 30 minutes from the ancient town (by foot), so we decided to eat nearby. The area is actually the town of Hoi An. It is away from the tourists and prices are cheaper. We didn’t walk far before we were met with street vendors selling food. First, we got a sandwich and then ordered a congee.
… and then we went back to the cool air conditioned room and chilled out until later in the day.
Near dinner, we walked out a little further to find more food. We passed by a restaurant and decided to walk in. The place sells chicken rice, which is famous in Hoi An.
The price was about 50 000 dong but it was so big that even though it was shared between my mom and I, we were quite full. The lady at the restaurant was also quite friendly.
The chicken soup was complimentary and it was quite delicious. I ordered an ice coffee.
The lady at the restaurant said we can walk to the Cua Dai Beach, possibly the closest and the only beach that doesn’t have a resort in front of it. She said it was about 10 minutes but it took over 30 minutes! On the bright side, we walked by a few fields during sunset and it was gorgeous. I much rather remember this Hoi An than the ancient town.
Finally! We .. crossed the Phuroc Trach Bridge and we can see our destination .. kinda! After passing the fields, it seems like this was another place, with spas, restaurants, and stores catering to beachgoers. Some people stay here for 4-5 days or more just to relax and chill at the beach.
By the time we arrived at the beach, the sun was setting and locals were ready to go home.
However, I can see why lots of locals and tourists love to come here and enjoy the sand and sun.
…. I guess it is time to go! They don’t have Vinasun (or possibly Grab) in Hoi An, so we took MaiLinh, another taxi but I don’t think it is as good. We went straight to Hoi An’s ancient town to visit the Bridge of Light at night.
At night time, there were so many people on the streets as well as at the bar watching the World Cup. No photos can be taken without a stranger in it.
Visitors can also take a boat and go down the river watching lanterns above and the candle lights below. People can also make a wish by lighting a candle and setting it down the river.
We ordered a tofu pudding and sat on the road side. The lady there was not as nice but perhaps it is because she sees too many foreigners (although none of the menu had English…).
The lights on the alley shines brilliantly!
There were also some live performances on a made shift stage 🙂
…. and that was the end of the day for us. We head back to the villa to sleep so we can wake up early to see the sunrise.
June 19 2018