Hoi An and Hue

Go back to Sa Pa Day 2.

Go back to Vietnam.

Hoi An

Ancient Town in Hoi An.

Once back in Hanoi, we headed directly for the airport and a short flight south to Da Nang in central Vietnam; a very rainy Da Nang. It seemed that our good weather luck had ended and we found ourselves driving south to Hoi An in an increasing downpour. Old Quarter of Hoi An turned out to be an incredible tourist trap – charming architecture but otherwise holy shit! A food tour of local eateries and street food vendors the following day improved our perceptions a bit but not that much. We were however approaching our tolerance limit of non-climbing travel: Sapa with its hiking was reasonably fun but now we were getting bored but at least the weather had dried up some. More heavy rain the following day however and so we hired a car to take us north to Hue for more tourist stuff to kill off the remaining day in central Vietnam.

Photos

Hanoi

Repacking at Hanoi airport in the morning as we’re hoping to leave the climbing gear behind in storage (Nov. 2018).

 

Hanoi

Da Nang-bound (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Welcome to the rainy Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

And a very very touristy Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Hoi An Ancient Town (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

A lamp vendor (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Our hotel in Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Strolling through Hoi An Ancient Town (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Charming Ancient Town in Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Day market in Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Inside the day market (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Getting some mangosteen (out of season unfortunately; Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Ginger and duku…perhaps (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Outside of the day market in Ancient Town (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Buying some durian…also out of season and not terribly good (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Steamed buns mobile in Ancient Town (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Pretty OK (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

On the way to find our scooter tour outfit the following morning (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

A short bus ride to our scooter tour (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Let’s ride!

 

Hoi An

On the streets of Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

We got a rice cake baking demonstration on the tour (Nov 2018).

 

Hoi An

Our two guides and Shirley in Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Lantern building operation – looked like a family affair in a residential house (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Streets of Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Hoi An port (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Hoi An port (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

A farmer and his puppy (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Show off (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

On the way to the beach outside of Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

A stormy beach near to Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Starting our street food tour in the afternoon (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

The start of the street food tour. This is the White Rose restaurant – only one of its kind in the country. The women here are hand rolling some very unique and very tasty dumplings (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

The finished product. Very delicate and one of the culinary highlights of the trip (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Next stop on the tour was a tiny family run place (attached to their sleeping area; Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

There’s a rice cake underneath it all. Just OK in our opinion and we forget the name of the dish (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Black sesame sweet soup (look at that deep black color!) vendor on the streets of Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

A popular place especially with drive-by customers (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Bustling streets of Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

A pretty good banh mi place in Hoi An (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

The food tour continues.  Walk 300 meters, pig out, repeat (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Good coffee (Nov. 2018).

 

Hoi An

Inside the coffee (and tea) shop (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

The octagonal Phuoc Duyen tower at Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue the following day (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Thien Mu Pagoda grounds in Hue (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Thien Mu Pagoda grounds with its impressive bonsai trees (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Our Hue guide, Thuy, and Shirley admiring a bonsai on the grounds of Thien Mu Pagoda (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Aston Martin motorcar that carried the monk Thich Quang Duc (to his self immolation). Grounds of the Thien Mu Pagoda (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Thien Mu Pagoda with Thuy (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Thien Mu Pagoda grounds (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Khai Dinh’s tomb in Hue (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Khai Dinh’s tomb grounds (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Khai Dinh’s tomb grounds (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Rainy Hue (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

An excellent lunch with our guide (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Yeah, it was very good (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Hue’s Citadel or Kinh Thanh – an entry way into an area covering more than 1000 acres (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Thuy and Shirley admiring the pond (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Kinh Thanh grounds (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

Kinh Thanh grounds in Hue (Nov. 2018).

 

Hue

A coffee stop at a roadside place on the long drive back to Da Nang airport (Nov. 2018).

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