The first day in Hoi An is in the books. I took off from Hanoi International Airport this morning after a slight delay and the flight went for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Landing in Danang and meeting the driver was a piece of cake. After an hour of driving due to construction and detours I got to my hotel. Let me say, the place I am staying is simply beautiful. I am only paying $64 US for 4 nights and I have this wonderful room. The Nova Villa Hotel is close to the downtown and shopping and historic areas but you also get the river right there.
The restaurants in Hoi An are a bit more expensive so I hunted down a chicken and rice place that was cheaper. My first stop was for beers and I have to admit to getting a rather nice beer buzz on after drinking most of the day. Now I’m in my room and I have this wonderful feeling about life, retirement, beer. Beer is such a gentle drunk. It just guides me to what I want to think and blog about this evening.
I will say that Hoi An is one of the places to visit. Its one thing during the day but as soon as twilight and nighttime hit, the lanterns and lights go up. Its simply beautiful! If you like to eat and drink, I really think Vietnam is a great place! Here in Hoi An, the bars face the river with tables out much like I remember in Singapore. Food is all over. You can spend a lot of money on food or go hunting cheaper places. I found a chicken rice place that I only spent $3.72 for dinner.
The real thing though for this place is to wait. Wait until the evening time. Then the lanterns and lights go up and the people are out and its one of the singular places where you see the combination of river lights, people, city lights and lanterns. Its not like Shibuya or Ginza at all. You have to experience it.
Tomorrow I will go back out and do my usual wandering. Hoi An is a big clothing and tailor place but I don’t need any of that. What I needed was a place different and I think this is it.
Here’s the photos from today’s wandering. Wha a great day! It was a day turned to night and lights and beer and it was all good!