Note: Metered taxis from Da Nang International Airport to Hoi An cost 560k (5k dong = RM1) dong plus tax whereas the hotel we stayed offers airport pick-up at 350k dong.
The flight to Danang was by AirAsia, it cost RM750 return with selected seats and travel insurance. The travel time took about 2 hrs and 40 mins.
Immigration was quick without the need to fill the visitor form and so was with Customs.
Hoi An situated along Vietnam's central coast is well known for its well preserved ancient town with many canals. The former port city's melting pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colourful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses to an iconic Japanese covered bridge.
We stayed at Golden Bell Boutique Hotel just off the old town. It just opened about 5 months ago. Good clean accomodation reasonably priced at RM150 per night and it comes with a good buffet breakfast considering it is just a small hotel. This what I noticed even from our previous hotel stays in Vietnam.
Service was good and friendly.
November and December is the monsoon season. It rained almost our entire trip, a continous steady drizzle that last the whole day. It certainly dampened our walking tour of the famous old part of town. On the way to the old part of town, we had late lunch at the highly rated Ba Le Well restaurant. Take a seat, order your drinks and you be served in a jiffy a set meal of satay with dipping sauce, deep fried spring rolls, fried egg pancakes with bean sprout filling, pickled salad and a big plate of fresh raw vegetables. Unless you are famished, a single order for one is sufficient for a couple. We think it is only above average despite the many tourists and hyped.
|Vietnamese coffee, strong, aromatic and robust roasted coffee|
|Egg pancake filled with bean sprouts|
|The old part of town. All within walking distance. Take a leisure walk, explore the alleys & shops|
|The same dish at the central market|
|Their local 'tong sui'. As a tourist, she charged 20k dong just for a small bowl. Ask the price before ordering!|
|Breakfast spread. Good selection. The soup noodle was nice.|
|Weather reprieve on 2nd day.|
|Along the river bank. There are boats for charter for a short river cruise or to the nearby islands.|
|Some of the art houses found in the old part of town|
|Cofee break along the way. Local Vietnamese coffee with egg yolk, delicious though.|
|Their popular chicken rice. Our own Hainanese chicken rice is better .|
|The famous Ba Buoi chicken rice shop|
|An Bang beach about 4km from town. Rented a motorbike from the hotel for half day for about RM15.|
|Stalls at the night market|
|River front at dusk. Great timing to snap some photos|
|Serene and beautiful|
|Diamond Sea Hotel|
|Great views from 20th floor|
|Buffett seafood in town. The garlic oysters were delicious|
|Cao Dai Temple. The religion founded in southern Vietnam in 1926 combines Confucianism, Taosism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam!|
|The Lady Buddha can easily be seen from afar|
|My Khe beach aka China beach by GIs during the Vietnam war|
|The odd round bottom boats common in Vietnam.|