Vietnam in Photos: From Hue to Hoi An

Rather than spend a lot of time reliving our 6 days between Hue Hoi An in Vietnam, we thought it would be more fun to share our photos with some short captions. Enjoy!

Hue

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The Vietnamese flag flying over the Citadel in Hue. This site was important in Vietnam’s ancient and recent history. It served as the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty for nearly 150 years, then was the location of a brutal battle (and massacre) during the Vietnam War. The intense fighting in and around the Citadel is evident in the destroyed walls all over the complex.

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We took a motorbike tour (as passengers only) of the outskirts of Hue including some stops at the beautiful pagodas dotting the landscape. Lucky for us it rained harder on this day than it did during any other day we were in Vietnam. At least we had fashionable ponchos!

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This is apparently the most iconic pagoda around Hue. It was nice of the rain to let up enough for us to take this photo.

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Some of these pagodas were as peaceful as you could imagine. This one was tourist-free because the storm was about to hit. However it happened we were grateful for some quiet moments.

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We thoroughly enjoyed these stone figures which, we have to admit, kind of reminded us of the moving stone figures at the end of the last Harry Potter movie. Yes, we are dorks.

Road from Hue to Hoi An

Rather than take a train along the coast we took a car trip so we could make a couple other sightseeing stops along the way. One of the stops – the Marble Mountain – was spectacular.

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This statue was inside a cave. In fact, there were many of these little caves with small shrines inside. Small shrines and bats! It was an amazing place.

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One of the caves was enormous and had a hole in the roof through which a few rays of sunlight peeked. Inside this cave were more little areas to pray, and you could have hosted well over a hundred people inside.

Hoi An

Hoi An is a small heavily touristic town about 30 minutes away from Da Nang. We spent 4 days taking an impromptu cooking class taught by the woman who ran our guesthouse, biking around the quaint French colonial town, toasting the sunset over the river with $.25 beers, and catching some sun on the nearby beach. The food in Hoi An was amazing and Anna found a good tailor to make her a lovely new dress.

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If you’re going to have a cooking class, you have to go shopping at the local market first.

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Frying our shrimp spring rolls with chopsticks.

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The finished product – very tasty.

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A quiet moment on a mostly deserted Hoi An street.

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These two boys were illuminated by the floating lights sold on one of the bridges. Little open-top paper boxes are fitted with candles and lowered into the river with help from a long metal pole. They make for a beautiful sight at night.

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One of the many examples of the French colonial houses still extremely well-preserved. These looked remarkably similar to the identically colored houses we saw in Antigua, Guatemala, which were Spanish colonial. Maybe the European conquerors got together and decided they all liked yellow?

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Cyclo drivers between fares.

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Very little beats eating a $2 bowl of delicious noodles, pork, greens and spicy peppers on the sidewalk.

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These circular boats looked more like bath tubs but they are what the local fishermen use.

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Hoi An was a quaint, pretty little town. It’s quite overrun with other tourists, but if you want a place to relax near a food hub and a beautiful beach it is very much worth a visit. We certainly enjoyed our time there.

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