Driving through Nha Trang was like a drive in a toury city with big hotels and a beach, so seeing the city from the bus was enough for me and I was looking forward to Hoi An. After 15 hours of drive, I ran out of ideas on how to turn my body and finding a position that would be comfortable while sitting… Naming the bus a sleeping bus is like a joke, but maybe just for me, because there were people snoring, so I guess not everybody had a tough time on it 🙂 .
When we finally arrived at 7 a.m. I first needed a strong coffee and breakfast. I tried pineapple pancake for the first time and I really liked it (usually they have it with banana). After giving some fuel to the body, it was time to look for a hostel, to get rid of the heavy backpack and to be able to walk around in the afternoon.
Hoi An is a beautiful city with old buildings and a lot of lampions hanging all over. Because it is in the middle of the country it just has two seasons, so summer and well rain. While walking we got a lot of rain showers that lasted for few minutes and then stopped for a while and then again. But it was warm enough to walk even in the rain, so it did not bother me.
What is Hoi An especially known for its custom made clothing, so if you want a cheap suit or something unique then this is the place to make it happen. But that was nothing for me because I was trying to get rid of the things rather than collecting more weight for my backpack (it weighed 12kg when I started my trip).
The food in Vietnam is just delicious for example, the Mi Quang noodles with tofu were great and really cheap (30.000dong so about 1,2€). Other things to try out is coconut coffee (30.000dong), so we made a stop in a coffee shop. It tastes great, but we didn’t stay long in the bar, because two women started a chick fight in the middle of the day punching each other so I just quickly paid and just left the place. It is wired to see people fighting, I also saw it on my first day, where one guy started to hit one Grab taxi driver. I guess it’s not advisable to argue with the Vietnamese people…
The best time of the day to see the city is the night, it just gets magical because of the colorful lampions. In the morning we decided to go for a guided tour to My Son, where the Hindu temples are. The guide was a funny native old man with an interesting sense of humor, but he was always saying don’t worry, be happy 🙂 . I couldn’t understand everything he told us, because of his strong accent, but it didn’t matter 🙂 .
After the tour, I went with the bus to Hue, the old imperial city. The first thing that greeted me there was heavy rain… The rain literally washed away my sightseeing desires. I just left the hostel and walked for 20 minutes to get to a restaurant and I was completely wet… So after lunch, I just got back to the hostel and changed my clothes and stayed there. Not getting to see the city did not bother me, because I got some really nice conversations with interesting people staying in the hostel. Like a lady from New Zealand, who was traveling for over 3 months through Asia on a bicycle. That was just so inspiring, so sometimes it is more interesting to seek people in your surroundings, rather than seeing the buildings 😉 .