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!
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.