From Ninh Binh it was quite a journey. It took me almost the entire day. First I took a bus (2-2.5h, 340000₫), that I've arranged via the hotel reception from Ninh Binh, to Hanoi airport. From Hanoi I flew to Danang (1h, 54 EUR). From Danang airport I took a Grab to my hotel in Hoi An (~1h, 400000₫).
After I checked in, I went out to have dinner and explore the old town. Hoi An is a culinary hotbed and there are some unique dishes I had to try.
|Banh vac ('white rose')
Next to try was cao lau, an amazing dish: Japanese-style noodles seasoned with herbs, salad greens and bean sprouts, and served with slices of braised pork. I developed a passion for drinking coconuts. They are so refreshing!
The restaurant where I had dinner is called Secret Garden Hoi An, and it was quite secret, hidden on some back alleys.
|Hoi An streets at night with the colourful lit lanterns
|Thu Bon River lighted by the lanterns
|Boat rides on the river
|The city lights are so charming
|Berrylicious smoothie bowl with granola and some fresh fruits
|Phung Old House
|Street view towards Japanese Covered Bridge
In the early 17th century, the Japanese who lived in Hoi An town built the bridge over the stream to do business with the local people in the residential area. The two entrances of the bridge are guarded by a pair of monkey gods at one end and of dog gods at the other end. Some tales say that the construction started in the year of the monkey and it was finished in the year of the dog.
|Canton Assembly Hall
|Typical street in Old Town
|The eyes of the house, protecting it from evil spirts
|The women of the house making white rose dumplings
|Marks of the water level
|The boats watching the passersby
|Dance show with the 4 sacred animals; here they switched the unicorn with the tiger/lion
|Fake money to burn for the ancestors; the exchange rate up there is not that good
Quán Cao lầu Bá Lễ - Quán Cao Lầu ngon tại Hội An to try another Hoi An specialities.
|Fried wonton with a salsa-like topping of meat or shrimps
Hoian Kayak Tours and to make the booking I just emailed them a couple of days before.
|The mangrove palm forest
We did this for about 2h.
After I wrote the paragraph above I went to the store to try it. Unfortunately they didn't have my size but fortunately they can make one on my size. So they will make it and send it to their store in Saigon and I'll pick it from there. Saigon is my last stop in Vietnam. I've indulged myself too much on this trip, but this dress will always remind me of the town's charm.
|The place where I had banh my seems to be famous, apparently the best Vietnamese banh my in the world, as featured in No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain
|One last stroll
|The Japanese Covered Bridge in night light