We took the train from Huế to Hà Nội
A very comfortable journey with super friendly train staff
(did I mention how easy it was to book the train tickets too?)
Upon reaching Hà Nội, we walked around the Hoàn Kiếm Lake
which is located in the key area of capital city.
It is another of these public spaces where people enjoy
and that makes Vietnam such a wonderful place.
However the lake. was undergoing some water draining
and did not look as clean and pristine as the last time around.
As we walked around, we could see that
Hà Nội was also in the mood for tết 2018.
For dinner, we got to try the famous Bun Cha of Hà Nội
which even Obama enjoyed with some bia (beer) in one of these joints.
serve green tea, coffee and beer
and these are the top three drinks in vietnam
but vietnamese coffee shops also have the cutest corners
with a lil bit of this and a lil bit of that.
this coffee shop was right outside the citadel
and mock me, but i ordered a pizza
(the first and the last time hopefully)
because i was soo hungry.
then we walked a few hundred yards
and there was this other café… 🙂
Leftovers of French colonial architecture is rampant in Hội An.
It is a town steeped in history and these yellow buildings make it all the more interesting.
Hội An is a walking and cycling town. It is a very relaxed little town which has also made it to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The last trip to Hội An was only for a few hours as we stayed in Da Nang and took a taxi here only to enjoy the evening old town walk.
This trip, we arrived early morning in one of those swanky buses from Mui Ne.
Thankfully, we had booked Harmony Homestay who allowed us to check in even at 6am and gave us the room with the balcony where we had our Pho’s for breakfast.
(Although the pic below is from the second morning but I hope you get the drift)
We are not the resting type. So we walked around town and it felt like all the tourists in Vietnam had come to Hội An. It is definitely the most touristy area and they know how to maximise -as visitors pay 100,000 dong to roam the old town. Although there are various museums and interesting sites which require the entry tickets that is included in your ticket, we didn’t have time to use them all.
For lunch, we went to the central market and ate some good Vietnamese food at a very reasonable price -and some Vietnamese coffee of course.
On our way back to the hotel, we browsed through this cozy second hand bookshop which I shall detail in the next post.