Central Vietnam, Hoi An
Having experienced Hoi An in the evening, we took the hotel shuttle to visit the place in the morning for a different experience. Upon alighting from the shuttle, we were welcomed by the cheery ambiance of Hoi An.
We walked along the main streets, checked out the merchandises in the shops and took pictures along the way.
We walked past a hotel, Vinh Hung Hotel, and thought perhaps we should stay in one for a night just for experience when we next visit Central Vietnam.
The architecture reflects a mix of eras from wooden Chinese shop houses, temples, Chinese clan houses, to colourful French colonial buildings, Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge. This is the unique character and charm of Hoi An.
Then we walked past a monument in memory of Mr Kazimierz Kwiatkowsky (1944-1997), a Polish architect, who played a key role in helping Hoi An Old Town to be listed as a World Cultural Heritage in 1999. We have to thank Kwiatkowsky that we get to experience Hoi An’s old world charm.
Walking away from the main street, we reached the Japanese Covered Bridge, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Hoi An. The Bridge connects Tran Phu St and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, constructed in the 1590s by the Japanese community. Inside the Bridge is a temple of the Taoist God of Weather, Tran Vo Bac De.
We had an enjoyable time exploring Hoi An in the day, took lots of pictures as every street and alley was an ideal photo spot. After spending more than half a day in Hoi An, we took the hotel shuttle to go back to Furama Resort to confirm our trip to Hue for the next day.
Unfortunately, we were advised against traveling to Hue as the typhoon was going towards the direction of Hue and likely to hit Hue the next day. Having done little planning and research on this trip, we started to explore what to do and where to visit in Da Nang.
About Hoi An (Reference from Wikipedia)
Hoi An translates as “Peaceful Meeting Place”, formerly known as Fai-Fo or Faifoo, is a beautiful city with a population of approximately 120,000 in Quảng Nam Province, south of Da Nang. In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, the principal port of the Cham Kingdom.
Getting There: To reach Hoi An, catch a flight to Da Nang and take a taxi to Hoi An. You can either catch domestic flight to Da Nang or direct international flight from Singapore or Hong Kong.
Address: Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Cẩm Phô, tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
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