Huế: The Imperial City

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The trip to the Imperial City in Huế
was highly recommended by our local friends.

It was an impressive fortified city of the Nguyen emperors
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Nonetheless, it was still very royal
and gave the impression of a grand palace
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My Son Ruins

My Son (pronounced mi-son) is probably
the most unheard temple ruins in Southeast Asia.
It is not Angkor Wat
but these are Hindu temple ruins
after the fall of Champa kingdom.

To make matters worse,
we have the Vietnam war bombing
that wrecked the place.mysonmyson2myson6myson5myson7myson3myson4Today, it stands as a popular destination
for offbeat travellers curious to explore
since it has joined the elite club of
UNESCO World Heritage site.

When Hội An lanterns light up your evening

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When you arrive in Hội An during day,
you see these ordinary lanterns hanging everywhere.
and you don’t really pay much attention
but you can’t ignore them when night falls…

and that was how i remember Hội An
from my last visit to this town
this time around was no different
as it lit up and glowed in the dark.hoianatnighthoianatnight3hoianatnight6interestingly, these lanterns are made of silk
and while I did not get any (should’ve perhaps)
i did get a silk suit made in Hội An
which is apparently another of the must-dos in this town.

Cycling to An Bang Beach, Hội An

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We cycled to the An Bang beach in Hội An.
It was a nice ride and the beach was calm and clean.
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There was a fisherman trying his luck
as we tried some fresh prawns from the sea…
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On our way back, we made a detour
and rode through the countryside.
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đối sách/ 43 Phan Bội Châu

i keep running into interesting bookstores in Vietnam.
Last time around was Boa Bookstore in Saigon.
This time, it was đối sách in Hội An.bookshop0
This bookstore looked more like a private collection
that has been made open to the public.
Of course it’s a great place
where book lovers can read, relax, buy, exchange and sell books.
There are apparently 5000 books in this shop
and is run by a retired teacher who also looks out for poor students. bookshop5hoian18bookshop3bookshop4hoian19

Morning in Hội An

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.
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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.

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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.