We checked out of our hotel in Da Nang after breakfast as were on the move again this time by taxi to Hội An which is a historic town which is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site. We went in 2 taxis due to the luggage we had between us. It was a good journey out through to the country going past many amazing marble carvers with huge buddhas everywhere – stunning statues.
When we arrived at our hotel the Lasenta Boutique Hotel it was beautiful with spanish charm and the most amazing view over the rice fields.
Simon, Chim and Kyan had a room with a view and we had a balcony room (we had upgraded to the best room on the top floor and it was worth it for the view).
We settled in and decided that we would spend the afternoon relaxing we went for cocktails and snacks in the lounge bar and it was wonderful to sit and relax with a cool breeze blowing through.
We ate in the hotel that evening too and the food was really good we had a selection of western and Vietnamese dishes and all were very tasty and presented beautifully.
The next morning after breakfast we took the hotel transport to the old town which was about 10 minutes down the road.
The town was stunning you start by walking through the market stalls including the wet market direct from the river, the produce there was wonderful and if we had time we would have had a fab walk around but as it was very hot and we had Kyan with us we did not want to spend too much time in the heat.
We then walked along the river and decided to pop into a bar for a drink to cool us down.
We then entered the main old town area and spent time looking at the shops and the stunning old architecture, it was good to walk around the old streets which have been a trading port since the 15th century. We bought some lovely bits ( you have to haggle and Chim was great at this as we did not know where to start ) .
We then Carried on to see the world-famous Japanese Covered Bridge, there has been a bridge on this site since the 159Os and inside the bridge is a shrine to visit ( no photos allowed ) you can pay an entrance fee ( you can get tickets for all the attractions in town) but as we were just browsing we did not bother to get these ( about $5.00 each) The bridge was stunning and an amazing structure to walk across ( free) The decoration inside was even better than the designs we can see on the outside.
After we had visited the bridge we decided to go for lunch and found a great Art restaurant with unique modern art on the walls and for sale and it had fab food too.
After Lunch we carried on walking through the town but by then it was really hot and humid so we decided to go back to the hotel and have a swim in the pool.
It was a great swimming pool and really nice for Kyan to go into also as it was his first swim ever and he loved it.
We ate again in the hotel restaurant that night and again the food was great quality, I would certainly stay at The Lasenta Boutique Hotel and spend more time looking around Hoi An ( there is even a beach we did not have time to visit) and the hotel transport runs on a regular service to both so will save getting taxis too.
It really was a stunning town, setting and hotel and I was sad to leave but we were flying to Phu Quoc Island the next day via Hồ Chí Minh city so 2 flights, a taxi, then a paradise island.