On the central coast of Vietnam is the city of Hoi An. Known for it’s well-preserved Ancient Town, food and amazing mix of architecture, it was our first destination on the trip to Vietnam. After a brief one night stay in Saigon. I’m just going to let the photos do the talking for a little while.
We arrived on the night of Hoi An’s full moon lantern festival. Intentionally, rather than accidentally. It was the reason why we hot footed from Saigon to Hoi An as soon as we could – to take the festival in. It was crowded beyond belief but the town looked beautiful.
Wandering through the old town it was the architecture that really drew me in. The mixture of French colonial, Chinese and Japanese is something to see. And some of the exteriors of these buildings look like they’re only just holding it together.
The Old Town is teaming with tourists and shops and stalls catering exclusively to those tourists. It can get a little much. Which is why it’s nice to keep walking through the old town in the market area where you’ll find more locals and maybe a bit more chaos or quiet, depending on the time of day.
One of the strange things that took a little while to get used was how early the shops and some restaurants close up in the evening. Coming from Bahrain, where you can find something to eat at 2am without a problem. Restaurants and some bars were closing up at 10:30pm. Early in my books! Still, if you’re looking for something to drink around then, you’ll be sure to find a few expat style bars.
While very touristy Hoi An is a charming little city with a lot to offer. It made for the perfect starting point for our little Vietnam adventure.
(I’ll be writing more about my trip to Vietnam. Stay tuned!)