This had not been the first time I travel alone, but that feeling is truly different. Because this was the first time I slept on coach both outward and return way for 4 days. I and my friend departed very early – 7:30 a.m, every day, Hanh cafe has only a trip from Nha Trang to Hoi An. After a long night, I set my foot for the first time in Hoi An at 7am. How beautiful the weather was! Hoi An just stopped raining so it was not sunny but very cool. Not being hesitate any longer, I just started one day in Hoi An
As soon as I got off, I was very surprised by the friendliness of Hoi An people. When we only asked some vague questions “where is Hai Ba Trung street?”, there was a woman waiting for picking up her relative showed us fervently “it’s very close, you just went straight to the 2nd intersection, then you would see Hai Ba Trung”. Both of us thanked profusely, how friendly Hoi An people were!
Arriving to the hotel we booked before, just as we laid luggage in our room, we went to the Ancient Town immediately. We asked receptionist if they had a map, he showed the small map on the back of the hotel’s name card. We went following the map, did not think that Hoi An is small like that.
Before starting the one day trip in Hoi An, we decided recharge energy. We went out for dishes which were consulted experience of predecessors, seniors. Firstly, referring to Hoi An, we had to mention two specialties that could not but eat namely is Cao Lau vermicelli and Quang Noodle. Two of us decided to eat Quang Noodle first, a small restaurant located in the junction of Tran Cao Van Street and Thai Phien street. To be honest, I didn’t really like Quang noodle because I ate this dish once in Saigon and it killed my first impression of it. However, when the caterer brought two bowls of noodles to us, they looked quite attractive with vegetables, I love vegetables :). Start eating … oh, So delicious! The taste was different from in Saigon so we had finished in only few minutes. Although we still wanted to eat more, both of us were full already, resigned ourselves to back to eat at the evening.
While eating, we took advantage of asking the way to the Ancient town, then met another friendly person “you just covered this road to the riverside, then turned right, that is to arrive”. When we ordered to pay, she said “20 thousand”, that means 10 thousand a bowl. Both of us were pop-eyed because we thought that we misheard so must ask twice. How cheap it is!
After eating fully, to keep our one day trip going on, we went straight to the Ancient town following the instructions of the woman eating next to us before. We found out that everything in Hoi An is ancient: restaurants, sewing stores, souvenir shops, even committee offices, airplane ticket offices are also antique, signs and doors are made from wood, the walls are painted a light yellow color of nostalgia, there was a tree rig of dodder seedlings often planted in front of porch, drooping looks very nice.
Two sides of the Ancient Town is separated by a river, with a quite famous bridge crossing the river in Hoi An, also called Chua bridge with mainly Japanese architecture.
Walking around to take pictures, a tofu peddler invited us. I am addicted to this dish from when being in Saigon so I decided to try Hoi An tofu to feel the difference between it and Saigon tofu. According to me, Hoi An tofu is not only not as tasty as Saigon tofu, but also more expensive than it. But if you want to try, you will feel that the difference between tofu here and tofu in SG is that Hoi An tofu is cooked with molasses rather than white sugar. There is a tip not to be over charged is ordering a bowl priced VND 5000 before eating, if not it will be priced up to VND 7000.
Because of having just one day in Hoi An, we can not miss Chua Bridge which is the famous icon of this ancient city. Then were known that ticket was VND 120000 one person for visiting 6 locations….In general, the price of the famous nationwide tourism place was quite OK. Therefore, we bought tickets to visit. Although, Hoi An tourism was win many praise, but there was an inevitable problem that tour guides in Hoi An cared only for foreign tourists.
At noon, we decided to eat rice at lunchtime to be full and were going to eat chicken rice – a famous dish here, following the address written in notebook, two of us found out Ba Buoi chicken rice restaurant at Phan Chu Trinh street, this restaurant is complimented abundantly on Tre Tho website. Two plates of hot chicken rice served looked delicious and it were also very affordable with VND 35000 a plate.
After finishing, we went back the hotel, by the way intended to buy ticket nearby Hanh Café to go back Nha Trang, we found a ticket office of Quang Hanh then dropped in there to ask price. The price offered was lower by VND 10.000 a ticket, so we bought immediately, nevertheless; the coach would depart sooner – 6:15 a.m and there was only one trip to Nha Trang per day too. Which made me wonder if this was a trick of the tourism in Hoi An to keep tourists stay with her more than one day.
After going out of the hotel, we rent a bike to go to Tra Que Vegetable village. This place was a little far so we could not walk so paying VND 20000 to rent a bike. Two of us had intends to pay advance but the owner refused, and allowed us to take it, as well as no need collateral. We asked “Wasn’t you afraid that we steal that bike?” then he replied a cute answer “it would not too that bad”.
Unfortunately, because arriving at noon so we could not see the spectacle of people here pick vegetables in the morning to sell at market. Vegetables in Tra Que vegetable village are distinctly delicious and the taste is also different from that in other areas, which may be created by the land here.
Then we ran to Thanh Ha Pottery Village. This site was further, we pedalled ourselves paining. Next, we back down to the Ancient Town again before leaving Hoi An back to Nha Trang and enjoyed Hoi An vermicelli to end the one day in Hoi An trip.
We expected to return next time in a full- moon day, the most crowded and happiest day in Hoi An. At that time people will drop flower garlands and colored lanterns, sing and dance folk music, hang decorative multi-colored lanterns covering the Town replacing electricity lights. And I’m sure that once I get back, I will stay with Hoi An longer than just one day. See you on that day!
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