Cafes, bistros and 8 pence beer in Hoi An

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
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Trip End Feb 01, 2012


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Hello everyone
 
We took the relatively short bus journey from Hue to Hoi An after our exploits around the old citadel in Hue as mentioned in our previous entry.
The Greek couple, Mary and her husband were waiting outside the hotel when we arrived. Unfortunately, they were leaving as we arrived so we could not spend time with them. The hotel was lovely. Nice rooms, swimming pool and free cocktails every day at 18:00! Perfect!
I had heard a lot about Hoi An from Karen who was here 3 years ago. Well she did not exaggerate. The place is wonderful. On our first night we went to the old town for dinner. It is an amazing place full of beautiful old French colonial buildings that are converted to great restaurants, bars, cafés and art galleries. We were only in the old town for 10mins when I said that we had stay an extra night! I was that impressed.





 

 







 

The following day we hired some bikes and explored more of the old town. We went from café to gallery to café to gallery! Ah, it’s a hard life. After having a leisurely lunch we went through the bustling market before stopping off for an 8 pence beer. That is not a misprint. It really did cost 8 pence! It’s what they call fresh beer, they make it themselves every day. It was not bad either. It was certainly worth 8 pence. After the beers we quickly cycled back to the hotel for our free cocktails! Ha ha. 





 

 







 





  


We were really excited about our choice of restaurant for dinner. It’s one of the best restaurants in town and is called the Mango Rooms. However we only lasted 5 minutes in the place because we noticed that they had Blue fin tuna on the menu, a fish which is highly endangered. We could not condone it so we left and found somewhere else to eat. Now to an even more endangered species, here is Karen…..  

Paul didn’t mention that we tried to explain our valiant efforts to the waitress - we were leaving because they served Blue Fin Tuna. The poor girl had no clue what we were on about and told us ‘It’s very fresh!’ haha. Although the joke is really on us lot when businesses continue doing well despite not giving two hoots about their impact on our world. Ok I’ll get off my soap box now. 
Our green efforts were rewarded when we found a restaurant serving some of the best Pizza I’ve ever had. We were even given bread that looked like and tasted like Maltese bread. Now all those Maltesers who don’t live in Malta reading this know exactly how exciting that can be! We loved it so much we went there twice and ordered the same things - that’s saying something. The restaurant’s name is Casa Verde and it’s on the river front. Do not miss the delightful gem of a place if you’re in Hoi An. 
On one of the days we managed to drag our butts off the café chairs and onto a bicycle headed for the beach. It’s about a 20 minute cycle ride so don’t be too impressed. We stopped on the way for some lunch and discovered this restaurant with magical views overlooking the river. If you’re ever round this part of the world look out for an open air restaurant decked in white. When we eventually got to the beach the sea was too rough for us too swim so we just chilled out and read our books. The beach itself is lovely. Miles long and lined with palm trees. The sellers here have a special way of drumming up business. They will come and sit next to you and just stay there. I’m sure their persistence gets them a few sales. 
Hoi An is one of my favourite towns and even though this was my second visit I was still enthralled by its magic and quite sad to leave. It is one of the most romantic, pretty towns I've ever been in and I could never tire of walking along its streets looking at one beautiful building after another. Our exit was via a night bus and our destination was beach central, Nha Trang. 
More when we get there


Lots of love
Karen and Paul
xxx 
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Comments

Merrin Pearse on

Glad to hear that Hoi An is still wonderful. Louise and have to get back there as we were there 16 years ago!!!

MARY TSITEROU on

HI PAUL AND KAREN, IT IS REALLY WONDERFUL TO SEE ALL THIS BEAUTY OF HOI AN I REALLY MISSED HOI AN ALREADY AFTER ONLY ONE MONTH, IT IS AS U HAVE SAID KAREN IT IS LIKE A FAIRY TAIL I WISH I WILL BE ABLE TO GO AGAIN NEXT YEAR, THE PHOTOES ARE FANTASTIC THANK U FOR REMINDING US OF THIS BEAUTIFUL WORLD LOTS OF LOVE , MARY

auntyp on

Simply amazing guys xxxxxx

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