Getting caught up on posts. Who knew that being retired and travelling is so much work!
Hoi An was an international trading hub for Southern Vietnam in the 16th and 17th centuries. French, Japanese, Dutch and Indian traders established their own quarters in the town and participated in trading fairs that were four to six months long.
The ancient city has limited vehicle traffic and is surrounded on all sides by the modern city/town. We stayed in two locations, Moon’s Homestay and the Phu Thinh Resort & Spa (read). Both locales provided a unique perspective of the city and gave us an opportunity to do further exploring.
Lanterns and Restaurants, Oh My!
Nha Hang Restaurant
The service was a little slow because the woman taking our order was also making the food. It was so good we came back a second time!
The photos in this restaurant highlight the flood that took place in 2011. We could see the flood lines as we sat at dinner. Extensive damage!
Family home and temple
The temperature in the city was hovering around 40 degrees Celsius + humidity. The overpriced ice cream was a nice break!
Japanese Covered Bridge
The signature piece of architecture in the Ancient Town is this bridge which was made in the 16th century. It was destroyed many times by fire and rebuilt.
Walking along the Hoai River
7,000,000 Dong – I am buying this place!
We went for a walk through the town and into the newer sections. On the way back we stumbled across this property. My initial read got me thinking that this was a for sale sign and that they were asking between 5 and 7 million dong (between $270 and $380CAD. The amounts listed were fines for removing rubbish and not prices for the property!
Lunch in Hoi An at Nha Hang Restaurant
Celebrating Emma’s 15th birthday in Vietnam
Being on the road celebrating birthdays is going to be hard as we need to limit the size of the gifts. We ended up getting Emma a backpack and some earrings. We also fixed her phone at a reasonable price.
Hoi An is a beautiful town and well worth a visit. It is a must see if you ever make it to Vietnam.