Monday, 5 August 2013

Old Town Hội An

Our first bowl of delicious Cao lầu
Illuminated bridges along the river
We enjoyed breakfast, which technically was lunch (or at least brunch by the time we were up and about) at the café across the road from our room before wandering into town to buy an ‘Old Town’ ticket so we could visit some of the ancient homes and pagodas. We started by doing the LP walking tour and spent most of the afternoon checking out which places we wanted to come back to and use our five entries on our Old Town ticket to enter. We worked up quite an appetite and were eagerly looking forward to trying more of the famous cuisine in Hội An as evening approached.

The Hội An night markets
Evening tree decorations
We started with a bowl of famous Cao lầu by the river, Hội An’s signature dish, followed by an oyster plate accompanied by huge rice prawn crackers that served as a spoon – both very tasty! Still a bit hungry we moved onto another restaurant by the river that served fresh beer and enjoyed a couple of those with some more fresh spring rolls that were even better than the night before. 

We walked up the river to see all the lights at night, and the floating candles that tourists and locals alike launched to drift down the river. The night markets made a nice stroll, as did seeing bridges with their lanterns swinging, mirrored in the trees as well. We had however booked a sunrise tour of Mỹ Sơn the next morning, meaning that we had a 4.30 am alarm set so it was an early return to our room to try and get a decent amount of sleep before our next day's adventures.

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