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By Jean Wethmar
The flight from Nha Trang to Danang takes just over an hour; most domestic flights in Vietnam do. You’re just up in the air and it’s time to land again. It is one of those airports where you walk to the plane by yourself and everybody poses for their picture to be taken.
Upon arriving in Danang, our faithful transfer was there with his name board waiting for us. Our luggage was loaded and we were on our way to Hoi An. It’s only a 30-minute drive from Danang to Hoi An, and it is good to see lots of new development happening along this route. Golf courses, plush hotel chains galore, gee; this UNESCO town sure is becoming a vibey little town!
Hoi An, also known as Faifo, is a city of Vietnam on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is located in Quang Nam province and is home to approximately 120,000 inhabitants. Hoi An is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
This little town easily gets under your skin, and into your heart! Accommodation here? Well, this visit I’m staying at the Nam Hai.
My hotel oozes charm and appeal; next I was escorted to my room on a golf cart.
Next I had an appointment with a tailor in Hoi An. The town is known for its over 400 tailors, so bring any samples, tear sheets, pictures, ideas and they can make it to fit you perfectly.
I had a black dress made that is my pride and joy and I get compliments every time I wear it; it just fits like a glove.
Dusk is falling by the time I make it out of the tailors, lights have been turned on and this town becomes even more charming at night. All the silk lanterns sway gently in the breezes, the weather is warm, the night is filled with beautiful aromas of dinner being cooked, the school children have arrived at home and all things become calm in Hoi An as the last delivery of baguettes and fruit make their way down the tiny cobbled streets.
Colors are even brighter at night.
We visited the very lovely Life Resort for dinner. Located along the scenic Thu Bon River the Life Heritage Resort Hoi An is a short stroll from the colorful bustling Ancient Town. Touches of French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese cultures make up the distinct ambiance and atmosphere in the resort.
This accommodation is ideally placed a mere 100 footsteps from the town of Hoi An, so easy access to tailors, jewelers, shoe makers and restaurants. But this has been one long day and eventually bed is calling. Catching a taxi is easy and cheap ($5) back to our hotel.
Let’s see what tomorrows weather does. Right now they are predicting rain. Rainy season ‘normally is September to November, but is anything normal with weather anymore?
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