Hoi An is one of the loveliest, charming places you can imagine. This small town with its 100 000 inhabitants is situated along the coastline in the middle of Vietnam. The name Hoi An means peaceful gathering. Even if there are lots of tourists visiting Hoi An from all over the world it still manages somehow to remain charming and relaxed. The small, narrow walking streets, the river and riverboats, the cyclos (bicycle tuk-tuk), the lanterns and the smiling and lovely people all make you feel relaxed and peaceful. Our two week’s stay consisted of swimming, easy riding (bicycles), late breakfasts by the river, exploring the city center and its surrounding areas, visiting different restaurants eating good food, getting tailored clothing, reading books, good conversations, getting to know some locals, and visiting My Son Sanctuary, Da Nang and Hué by motorbikes. We absolutely adored this wonderful place on earth – a place we would definitely visit again… On our trip in Hoi An we were lucky enough to run into friendly Catherine, Lucy and Paul (from Ireland) who we met earlier in Halong Bay and Régine and Philippe (from France). Thanks for some lovely time spent together! Hope to see you again soon!
Evening outside our hotel – Ylang Garden…
In town – the river flowed over its banks in rainy season
I Laos bodde vi på et hotell ved siden av Mekong-elva. Den er ganske stor, pluss at den går igjennom både Laos, Kambodsja og Vietnam. Etter noen dager flyttet guttene til et guesthouse fordi det var så dårlig på det første hotellet. 2 dager senere flyttet vi også til guesthouset. 🙂 Hvis dere har lest Facebook-meldingen til pappa skjønner dere hvorfor vi flyttet. Vi så en gedigen sommerfugl utenfor døra (se over). På det første hotellet hadde eierne en hund. Den dere ser der lenger nede på siden hadde på seg mer enn bare Minion-klær, den hadde på seg mange kjoler også. I Luang Prabang var også det mange munker. De var ganske unge og hadde oransje tøy og var skallet. Vi dro også for å se på en foss ikke så langt unna Luang Prabang. Mens vi badet i fossen fikk jeg disse litt (se video). Vi fikk også oppleve nasjonaldagen i Luang Prabang. De laget mange båter med masse farger og levende lys på disse.
Hanoi seemed like a very energetic city with friendly and hardworking people. They all seemed to know how to be a salesman but , in our opinion, few knew how to follow the traffic rules!!! We had to be very careful walking in the streets (as the pavements were chock full of parked motorbikes we were nearly unable to use them for walking). The motorbikes and electrical bikes were all over the streets – on the left side, on the right side, in the middle of, in addition to being on the inside of us and on the outside of us… 🙂 Still we managed somehow to maneuver us safely across the old town which was teeming with life. We all loved our stay in Hanoi from day one and had some really nice eating experiences there as Hanoi people seem to be very good at cocking… Yummy! We also did some sightseeing in the old town of Hanoi which was interesting. Lastly we had a marvellous trip to Halong Bay at the northeast coast of Vietnam meeting some very friendly and loving people from Ireland, Germany, Singapore, the Philippines and Canada that we hope to stay in touch with for a long time. The natural gem Halong Bay with its thousands of isles, limestone pillars, pearl farms, emerald water and the Dau Go Cave gave us the goosebumps because of its stunning beauty. Other great things we experienced on this trip was kayak paddling during sunset, to practice Tai Chi during sunrise and how to make Vietnamese spring rolls (superyummy :-)) before we ate them. Luna Noor had her best experience ever on this “worldwide family tour” getting to know Susan from Canada who was very patient talking English with her for hours… She got over her fear of talking English after those precious hours. Thank you sooo much, Susan! I think you have made a friend for life in Luna Noor… 🙂