If I’d have to pick a favorite place that we visited while on vacation, it was Hoi An. Streets decorated in colorful lanterns, the sound of people pedaling on bikes making the noises on their bike bells to alert people that they were coming their way, and the faces full of smiles each corner we turned to go down a new street. Hoi An has my heart.
To be completely honest, I didn’t feel this way when we first arrived. We were exhausted from our early morning (1:15AM) plane ride. The view from the plane and the airport transfer was less than exciting…. There was NOTHING to see while we traveled from Da Nang to Hoi An – which was about a 45 minute drive.
But then, the sun rose into the sky, we woke up from our nap, and the streets started to wake up quietly, too. We journeyed our first day into town and my goodness, the vibrancy of life in this tiny town was huge!
There were street vendors with anything from doughnuts, to spring rolls, to American food. There were little shops lining the streets that sold all kinds of knock offs and little trinkets, mixed with motor bikes, pedal bikes, and pedestrians.
Oh boy, was it so neat to see the culture, eat the local food, and stop and shop in the small family owned stalls.
It was a bit rainy for us the first day we were there, but our Lilly always knows how to make sunshine out of rain puddles. She spent a considerable amount of time jumping in puddles and getting soaking wet – you know, normal two year old rituals that occur every time that it rains.
Funny, I think all two year olds around the world know the drill – they all somehow find so much joy in making a mess!
And then there was the food – It was beautiful.
It was just as good as it looked – when isn’t fried anything delicious?
This was the first time during our trip that Josh and I decided to try some “local food.” We read that when you are trying local food, to make sure that you visit a place that has many people being served and that the food is hot when you eat it. PLEASE take this advice if you are traveling. We looked for a place that both Westerners and locals were eating. While the food didn’t always agree with us, we made it through Vietnam without any food poisoning.
We grabbed our seats and then found at couple of things to try that we hadn’t ever had.
It was actually pretty easy to figure out what to eat – most places we visited had pictures of the meals and decent English descriptions of what we were to get.
I tried a different kind of noodle dish – while it wasn’t amazing, it wasn’t bad either. I was just happy I didn’t get food poisoning! Also, it cost under a dollar for the dish, which is quite amazing compared to how much we pay for things in the States. Who can beat a dollar dinner? Not even McDonalds these days!
We sincerely loved our trip to Hoi An, and would definitely go back again!