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!

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