Friday, April 19, 2019

Vietnam Diary - Hoi An Ancient Town

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you're enjoying the Easter holidays with your family and friends. Today I have a new post for you about one of my favorite places in Vietnam, the charming town of Hoi An.

We left Phu Quoc Island early in the morning via plane. For more comfort we booked a flight with Vietnam Airlines from Phu Quoc back to Ho Chi Minh and another one from Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang. By train or bus this route would have taken us several days and probably lots of stress. We spent only one night in Da Nang because it was our stopover on our way to Hoi An. Da Nang is very modern but quite industrial, there's lots of construction going on, and other than a beach and a few cool cafés there's not much more to see in the city. We had a great hotel there but didn't want to spend too much time in Da Nang so we left for Hoi An the next day with a local bus which took us only 30 minutes.

Hoi An Ancient Town

I have to say that of all Vietnamese cities and towns we visited Hoi An was by far my favorite! Side note, it was also one of the cleanest places we had visited. The city boasts a beautiful and charming, well preserved and pedestrianized ancient quarter where you can admire colorful historic buildings of Chinese, Japanese and European influences. There's an abundance of cozy cafés and restaurants, museums and temples, tailors, shops and market stalls. I'd recommend to simply stroll the old town, grab delicious street food, buy some unique souvenirs (I got coconut bowls and Vietnamese tea), take photos and soak up the spirit of Vietnam. Even though the ancient town gets super crowded with Chinese tourists in the afternoon (come early in the morning to avoid crowds), it is surely a stunning town that's especially magical at night when hundreds of lanterns illuminate the streets. Hoi An is just dreamy and the right place to go if you wanna get a feeling of the historical Vietnam. Have a look yourself!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Vietnam Diary - Sao Beach

Hey everyone! I know it's been over a week since I last posted some pics of my Vietnam trip but I had so much stuff going on these last couple of days that I simply didn't have time to sit down and edit photos or write. But today I finally have some new pics for you!

Sao Beach on Phu Quoc Island

Today's post is about the stunning Sao Beach on Phu Quoc Island, where we spent a couple of quiet relaxing days during our three-week Vietnam trip. Long Beach may be the most popular beach on Phu Quoc but in my opinion Sao Beach and Starfish Beach are far more beautiful. Sao Beach is located in the south of the island, it took us only about 30 minutes to get there by scooter. Once there, we felt like we had found paradise. Powdery white sand, crystal clear water and surrounding lush mountains. Also, the beach was almost deserted early in the morning so we had it all for ourselves. I'm so happy we got to visit this picture-perfect beach now because it's still kind of virgin with no hotels or big restaurants close by. However, there was a lot of construction going on at one end of the beach so I really don't wanna know how it will look like in a few years after it's been exploited. 

We spent the entire morning at this beautiful beach relaxing in the shade and swimming a bit. We even spotted a dark blue jellyfish we had never seen before. Around noon it got crazy hot so we decided to head home after going on a short scooter tour along the southern tip of the island. 

Sunset Sanato

Since it was our last day on the island we wanted to watch another romantic sunset before flying back to the mainland the next day. Sunset Sanato and the Golden Sand Bar seemed like fantastic places to watch the sun dip into the ocean. We spent a few hours there (one is next to the other) enjoying our last sunset on Phu Quoc, chatting with other tourists and planning our next adventures in Vietnam...

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