The year 2020 has been registered in history as COVID-19 doomed the world. Before the pandemic had spread globally, we returned from Vietnam, just in nick of time! Locked inside our home, we’re now travelling virtually by recalling those amazing days spent there. One among those unforgettable experiences was our visit to the dreamy town of Hoi An.
Formerly a port, the ancient town is cut through with canals. Hoi An has a beautiful blend of different eras and art which reflect in the French style buildings, the Chinese origin shophouses, royal temples and iconic Japanese bridge with pagoda.
Where and what
Located around 30 km from Da Nang, Hoi An seems a place where time has slowed its pace. The huge marketplace is home to several restaurants, street vendors, canals dotted with boats, French colonies.
The no bike zone is pollution-free and clean. You are required to park your bike in the allocated parking area and tour the town on foot. We went walking for hours! You can rent bicycles or battery operated rickshaws.
What to do?
One gets ample opportunities for window shopping and tasting authentic cuisines.
Speaking of cultures blending in here, we got to savour banana pancake of Thai origin.
Finding vegetarian food is a challenge in Vietnam. Thankfully not in Hoi An. We tasted the best vegetarian noodles here.
The charm of evening
The town comes alive in the evening with vibrant lamps and lights in every corner that your eyes can reach. The aura it emits is warm, friendly and absolutely joyous. This is a place where you forget your worries and explore it at ease.
The chit-chat over great food, beautiful sight and sound, friendly ambience, all of these reminded me of Delhi’s popular Dilli Haat market because you can have a great time soaking in the culture and art even when you don’t go shopping. Similarly, that’s what you do in the dreamy town of Hoi An. Reluctantly we returned to Da Nang at night with vivacious memories to cherish forever.
Time to spend
You can spend the whole day in Hoi An until late evening. It looks the best post sundown. We had spent five hours.
None. Only fee is for vehicle parking.