The drive from DaNang to Hoi An was so beautiful, we were definitely out of the city now. This was more how I envisioned Vietnam to look.
Banh mi is translated as “bread”, and is usually referred to a single serving baguette in Vietnam. The French brought the baguette to Vietnam, but the Vietnamese version tends to be a bit lighter than the French counterpart.
These were probably the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. Matt ordered the “everything”, which included a fried egg, Ella got barbeque pork and Eva and I got the chicken, bacon and cheese. The baguette was the perfect amount of crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, and all the juices soaked fabulously into the bread. Add to that, fresh veggies and some sauce and you have something pretty close to perfection! Not to mention the fact that they were about $1 (US) a piece!
Hoi An was an ancient port town, and an important port for the southeast Asian spice trade in the first century. The buildings have mostly been preserved, and the town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The girls were also touched a lot by the locals. They touched their faces and hair, I didn’t really love this too much. We are used to pictures being taken, but this was a new level of closeness! They also loved to hold Eva’s ponytail and just study her blonde hair.
The first cup of tea was good, the next was horrible! The further the tea steeped, the more bitter and almost soapy it tasted. I looked inside and it was full, to the top, with actual fresh green tea leaves. This was definitely not the Japanese variety of green tea that we are used to!
When it was dark, the river was lit with these small lanterns. You could buy one and make a wish, then float it on the river. It was really beautiful, but, unfortunately, just too dark for me to get any great pictures. But, a lovely end to a great day!
Every hotel that we stayed at during this trip had a pho station set up at the breakfast area, which is a classic Vietnamese soup. Such a lovely presentation, but I guess I just don’t think of soup as breakfast food. Luckily, they also had Western options.
And a last goodbye to our hotel staff. They were all so nice! (This is an example of a traditional Vietnamese dress for women. A thin fabric or lace dress with long sleeves and a slit up each side to the waist. Then, wide legged satin pants are worn underneath. We saw every color under the rainbow during our stay, the style was quite elegant.)
We flew from here to Hanoi, the nations capital, for the remainder of the trip, with a side trip to the majestic HaLong Bay.