If you’re in Vietnam, I would highly recommend a day trip out to Hoi An. It’s a beautiful place and indisputably my favourite place in this trip. Arranging a day trip out to Hoi An may be a bit challenging unless you’re renting a scooter to drive, because the rates for a car offered at my hotel was about USD 70-ish/pax, but after looking around the internet, we got a good deal at about USD 75 for an entire day in a 6-seater sedan for all 4 of us.
On the way out to Hoi An, we stopped by marble mountain, where we got our ticket for the elevator up (one-way VND 15,ooo/pax) at the counter there. It’s a peaceful ground and you’ll have a panoramic view of Danang and be able to explore the various cave entrances scattered throughout the mountain and the temples built atop.
The Huyen Khong Buddhist grotto, which was carved into the walls of the marble mountain in a cave. It was quite slippery and very dark, and this was the best picture I could grab of the magnificent structure.
After climbing to the peak in the mountain, and the climb up the steps was killer, haha, you’ll be able to witness the beautiful coastal view of Danang.
After leaving the cooling weather up the mountains, we were the recipients of the warm weather (wearing jeans was a wrong decision by the way), we drove pass padi fields where we headed to Mỹ Sơn, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples that were an UNESCO world heritage site (entrance fee: VND 150,000/pax for international visitors -.-).
It was hot and we were pretty hungry when we arrived at Mỹ Sơn at the height of the sun. But it was a convenient route along the way to Hoi An , so we just had to suck it up, lol. The place actually reminded my of something like the smaller temples around Angkor Wat. But many of the temples were destroyed during the Vietnam War and some of them are undergoing construction or their restoration works pretty much remained stagnant. We actually saw a temple supposedly undergoing restoration works but were covered entirely in cobwebs. It’s quite sad that such historical structures are left to collect dust.
The influx of Chinese tourists just as were leaving, lucky us.
Finally, lunch at Hoi An!!!! We tried many of their local specialty food this time round. Below is Cau Lau, a pork and noodle dish, which was pretty good. Simple but nice. Or maybe I was just too hungry, haha.
Banh xeo, a Vietnamese styled crepe, where you wrap the rice paper about egg, vegetables, they gave us kimchi (o.o, fusion dish?). Okay, but nothing too impressive. Another dish my aunts and uncle tried (I’m allergic to shrimps) was the white rose, a wanton shrimp dish and they said it was good. But I wouldn’t know, hehe.
Exiting from the back of the restaurant to head to the old ancient town.
Old school barber…
And we got lost trying to find the old town… -.- It turned out it was just in the opposite direction only.
I was stupefied when the old man below just started slipping off his slippers and nimbly climbed over the railings to get to his boat. Like wow, it’s interesting how fit and flexible the older folks still are in Hoi An.
Another funny person who climbed onto the top of the roof railing just to grab a picture. Twice in a day, false alarms of people attempting suicide. -.-
Oh this is good, a pot of either warm black sesame desert or some tofu and corn mix desert. Inexpensive, nice though slightly sweet, I would highly recommend this!
After exiting the ancient old town of Hoi An, we could not leave the place without trying out their chicken rice, which came highly recommended from my uncle’s colleague who is a Vietnamese. So stopped by a famous shop frequented by the locals based on the recommendation of our server at the restaurant where we had our lunch, we packed away their chicken rice, where we had at feast in our hotel room. The only thing I didn’t really like was that their chicken has far too much skin not enough meat. But I guess it was kampung chicken, so that was to be expected. Other than that, the chicken rice (called com ga) and the salad we bought from the shop below was tasty and refreshing 🙂
Till the next post, bye!