IT'S LYNNY KANSAS
DON'T LET THE RUBY SLIPPERS,
OR THE DOROTHY INSPIRED NICKNAME
FOOL YOU., THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,
BUT TRAVELING IS FUN.
As mentioned earlier, the Japanese Covered Bridge, complete with a buddhist temple hanging off one side, is the central attraction in Hoi An.
"The city possessed the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and was known as Lâm Ấp Phố(Champa City). Between the seventh and 10th centuries, the Cham (people of Champa) controlled the strategicspice trade and with this came tremendous wealth. The former harbour town of the Cham at the estuary of theThu Bồn River was an important Vietnamese trading centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled. During this period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Seaside Town) in Vietnamese. Originally, Hai Pho was a divided town with the Japanese settlement across the "Japanese Bridge" (16th-17th century). The bridge (Chùa cầu) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist temple attached to one side."
Close to the Japanese Bridge is another bridge which leads over the river to An Hoi Island. Sadly, we never made it across to that side of the river on this trip.
Souvenirs were many and varied as usual, but I did think that they seemed pretty good quality. One particular souvenir caught my eye. Think it is pretty safe to say that some snakes may have been harmed in the making of this souvenir. Needless to say, it remained in the shop!
Hubby had a couple of suits made along with some shirts and dress pants. I had some of my favorite tops copied and also some dresses made. We spent a couple of hours in the shop on the first day, picking out fabrics and being measured Two days later we went back for our fittings. It was quite incredible, only a few minor tweaks here and there. We also at that point ended up ordering more tops and shirts because we liked what was made, hubby even had two belts custom made in leather. Everything was all done and finished by the fourth day and at great prices. Well below anything we could hope to pay here in Singapore.
Here are some more reasons why I loved Hoi An.
Staying within walking distance of the town would have been ideal. This trip though we used our Hotel points (thank you ever traveling hubby) and stayed at the Hyatt Regency, which was approximately half way between Da Nang and Hoi An, on a strip of coastline which is currently being developed. However, we were only a short 20 minutes taxi ride away from Hoi An (at a cost of about USA $15 each way.) If I return, or should I say when, I would definitely choose to stay close to the Old Town of Hoi An.
Some of our taxi rides were also pretty interesting. These involved a lot of honking. There are motorbikes and bicycles everywhere and we were not really sure what the rules of the road were. People overtaking all over the place. Quite a few times I closed my eyes and hoped for the best. I decided that the honking was a kind of "just letting you know I am here" message lol! All that said, we did not see a single accident while we were there. Check out the video below for a snippet of our taxi experiences.
At the end of the day, it is safe to say that Hoi An has been one of my favorite Asian destinations so far. I can't wait to go back. To see even more of my photos, click here.
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