Chilling out in Hoi An

Chilling out in Hoi An

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Hoi An has turned out to be one of our favourite places to visit in Vietnam. It has an almost European feel and is very chilled out, especially when compared to the frantic cities of Saigon and Hanoi.
Many tourists visit to get clothes made (there are hundreds of tailor shops) but we are trying to get rid of clothes at the moment, not acquire more. We were really only stopping by on the way to Nha Trang but it was a worthy stopover, even just for two days.

Hoi An cafe
We enjoyed seeing the night market which isn’t a fantastic market but is lit up with lanterns and looks beautiful by the side of the river. At the end of the night market there was a big marquee with a wedding party going on, with a chap on the stage doing bad magic tricks whilst Vietnamese techno played. The wedding guests were loving it, which was fun to watch.

Lanterns Hoi An
We didn’t buy the ticket into the attractions but we did manage to see some smaller temples as we were meandering through the streets.

Hoi An Chinese Temple
The best part by far (and agreed upon by several other travellers that we’ve met since) was the food. The local dish is Cao Lao, and consists of a layer of flat noodles in a sweet stock, with salad leaves and mint, topped with meat or fish and crispy pork fat. We had it with pork one evening and prawns the next. It was the best 30,000VND (about 90p) we have spent since travelling.
Just a short post today, I think the pictures speak for themselves!

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