The land of 1 million scooters
Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
41Trip End Mar 21, 2011
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It was eventually time to board our Vietnam Airlines flight to Danang. The flight was only 1 hour and the taxi ride to Hoi An was another 40 minutes. In total, we traveled for 3 hours and it took us 12 hours to do it all.
We found the drive from Danang to Hoi An quite interesting. The first thing that hits you is all the scooters on the roads (there are very few cars as they are significantly more expensive) and all the honking. Honking in Vietnam isn't about anger, it's more like "Hey, I'm coming up behind you or at you, so plan accordingly." The beachfront at Danang is continuing to be developed. Last year, we had saw the beginnings of construction of beachfront resorts/condos and this year they are in full swing. Some of the resorts are huge. It was interesting to see which projects had clearly lost funding as they were standing half completed with nothing around them. We drove by as work was letting out and it was amazing how many people were employed by these projects.
Once in Hoi An, we checked into our hotel, the Thanh Binh II. We had thought it had a pool and breakfast, but apparently, these were down the street at their other hotel. This was a bit inconvenient and I thought the room was a little too dark and musty, so we walked across the street to where we stayed last year and negotiated a lower price as we are planning on staying for 6 nights.
We then walked around the town, which is still very cute
As we were hungry, we found a restaurant, Sakura, along the river and took a seat on their balcony overlooking the river and the town on the other side. Dinner was amazing. We were starting to get bored with the food in Southeast Asia, but the food in Hoi An is changing our opinion.
For dinner, we had a set meal for $8 each which consisted of a seafood soup, prawns wrapped in potato, deep fried crab balls, pork and shrimp wraps, skewers of lemongrass chicken and seafood, salad, a local noodle dish and a creme caramel. All of it was delicious.
After dinner, I hopped into the bathtub and then went to bed. I've only have had 1 bathtub in 2 months, so I was super excited.
Wednesday morning, we got up, had breakfast down the street and then moved to the Vinh Hung 2 across the street. The bed is a bit hard, but overall, the hotel is a vast improvement
After lunch, we headed back to the hotel and had a swim and a nap. We also had to pick up our laundry from up the street ($1/kg is a great deal). Then it was back into the old town for dinner. We tried to go to The Morning Glory Restaurant which is supposed to be really good, but it was full. We made a reservation for the next night and then crossed the river and found somewhere to eat.
The restaurant turned out to be great
These last two days, we have been trying to get used to the crazy traffic, crossing the streets with the crazy traffic (it is an art form) and all the people with shrill voices trying to sell you stuff. My favourite line is "Sir/Madam, buy somethiiiiiiing." Everywhere you go, someone is trying to get you into their tailor shop, sell you a manicure or massage or whatever they have.