Time to say goodbye to Hanoi and hopping on the train for my 2nd ride.
My two room mates for the night. They didn’t speak any english – I didn’t speak any vietnamese. But hey, we smiled at each other, talked by using the hands and at least could exchange our names and our travel destinations.
Some train ride impressions – on our way to DaNang.
After arriving in DaNang I arranged a taxi ride towards Hoi An….destination for the first day/night was the „Under the coconut tree Homestay“….nearby the beach, 18-bed-dorm without aircon, but with Ven & Moscito nets for every single bed plus open air toilet and shower…..plus lots of lovely people – simply great!
A first little walk towards the ocean, which was very nearby.
Time to find some food…
Usually I don’t book accomodation in advance, and if I hadn’t done it I would have probably extended my stay at the Under the Coconut Tree Homestay…..but the move towards the city centre should be worth it.
The father of the family owned guesthouse is a long-year tailor. So I decided to get myself some nice new clothes.
And the mother of the family was a great cook; and she was so lovely to allow me to join her in the kitchen to see how she is cooking and also to join their lunch. The children were studying english in evening classes, as many young vietnamese people are doing, to better being able to deal with the increasing tourism.
Hoi An is a great and lovely city in which you can easily walk and bike. Some first street impressions…
The local market.
Spontaneoulsy arranged a Yoga session a little bit outside of the centre…going there by bike trhough rise fields….if only the bikes were not that small, or better said: If only my legs were not that long – but well, I made it.
Hoi An by night…the city of lanterns…
A big recommendation goes to…
Bike tour with Hoianfreetour….local students offering tours for free to improve their english skills…..we were a nice little group and saw lots of amazing things all around the city.
Back in town…and some more street impressions….including the old Japanese Bridge…
Doing a little boat ride.
Crazy or just Gaga ?
And even more lanterns…..it was the night when they switched off all the lightning in the hole city for something like 30 – 40 minutes as a sign of saving energy for the world.
Hair cut – Vietnamese style – why not.
There we go…..remember ?….yep…the 2 lovely ladies from the trek in Sapa, originally from Down Under…..I was just riding the bike along the streets in suddenly someone shouted at me „Heyyyyy….“ (can’t remember actually the originally saying)…..but it ended up having a lovely dinner together and also meeting the Oops-Girl along the river.
Final market shopping and cooking and lunch time with the lovely hosting family of my guesthouse ebfore saying goodbye to Hoi An.