Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Hoi An Day 1

Since it's Chinese New Year holiday, my dad decided to bring my mom and I for a trip to Vietnam. It's my third time coming to Vietnam. I'd been to Hanoi and Halong Bay in Year 2009, and Ho Chih Min city in Year 2012. So, this time, we decided to travel to the central of Vietnam, which were Hoi An, Hue and Danang.

On 7th February, we flew off to Danang at 10am. We took 2 hours and 30 minutes to Danang. The flight was extremely smooth. On arrival at Danang airport, we met our tour guide named Mr. Lu. He brought us to our hotel called Salute Hotel and Villa for check in.

After checked in, we departed to the restaurant to have our lunch. Our restaurant was Dao TienRiver Restaurant. The restaurant was super nice and it was located beside the river. 

The food served was extremely nice too. The food was particularly refined and included all the classic of the famous Hoi An gastronomy. 

Mi Quang, a famous noodles soup 

 Latte served with Banh Dua Nuong (Vietnam famous coconut buscuit)

Grilled fish in Banana leaves 

Rice Cracker

 Beef Meat

Curry Fish 

After lunch, it was our rest time relaxing along the river and shopping in Hoi An Old Quarter. 


Brother's Cafe was located beside our restaurant. I loved the landscape of this cafe. It was like dining in the enchanted garden! The oddly named Brother's Cafe wasn't really a cafe, but a large riverside restaurant located in this scenic colonial style building, with a rather picturesque garden and riverside seating. 

The riverside view was nice too. It was chilling. We can see lots of tourists walking or riding bicycle along the riverside.

We went to visit Hoi An Ancient Town. Hoi An Ancient Town was an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port. Its buildings and street plan reflected the influences, both indigenous and foreign cultures (principally Chinese and Japanese with later European influences), that had combined to produce this unique heritage site. Its decline in the later 19th century ensured that it had retained its traditional urban tissue to a remarkable degree. Besides, lantern was one of the signature of Hoi An, that's why the town was decorated full of lanterns. 

We saw a Japanese Covered Bridge as we walked along the ancient town. This pretty little bridge was the emblematic of Hoi An. It was constructed here in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link them with the Chinese quarters. Over the centuries, the ornamentation has remained relatively faithful to the original Japanese design. 

The bridge was very solidly constructed because of the threat of the earthquakes. The entrances to the bridge were guarded by weathered statues (a pair of monkeys o one side, a pair of dogs on the other side). 

In the ancient town, tourists could prefer to walk, ride bicycle or ride motorcycle. 

                                                    They also provided bicycles for rent. 

We can also see lots of pretty merchandised goods in the ancient town. 

Statue of Kazimierz Kwiatkowsky 

We can see lots of yellow daisies everywhere in Vietnam. According to our tour guide, yellow daisies in Hoi An are grown throughout the year. There are so many cultivation daisies villagers formed and they provided daisies to markets in Hoi An and Da Nang. The people here will always places the yellow daisies at the entrance of their residence or shops because they believed that yellow daisies will give them filial piety, scarification and diligent. Besides, they believed that yellow daisies symbolizes life, blessings and happiness of the family.  


After visiting the ancient town, we went to visit the silk village. 

Silk worms eggs 

Silk worms 

Silk worms producing silk 

The workers collect the silk produced by the silk worms. 

The silks being processed. 

The silks being coloured. 

The ladies were sewing the images out on the silk. 

After visiting the silk village, we went back to our hotel, Hoi An Salute Hotel & Villas. I loved this hotel as it offered good value accommodation. The hotel offered an outdoor pool and modern rooms. The rooms were spacious and clean. It gave resort feel. The tourists can take a break from a long day by making use of the outdoor pool and garden. Moreover, the hotel is located on a peaceful street, it only takes 5 minutes by bicycle from Hoi An Ancient Town, 2km drive from An Bang Beach and 45 minutes drive from Danang International Airport and 50km drive from My Son Sanctuary. 

At night, we went to the Sincerity Hotel, which was located beside our hotel for dinner. The restaurant was pretty. We ordered lots of food as it was reunion dinner tonight. The waitress who served us was super friendly too.

Restaurant View 

Lemon Juice and Watermelon Juice 

Fried Rice 

Mi Quang


 Seafood Spring Roll

Pasta with grilled beef 


After dinner, we took 3km walk to the Ancient Town for Chinese New Year Chor 1 Countdown. 

The fireworks was awesome !!!

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