The ancient town of Hoi An, 30 km south of Da Nang, lies on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Occupied by early western traders, Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century.
Hoi An has a distinct Chinese atmosphere with low, tile-roofed houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets still remains almost intact. All the houses were made of rare wood, decorated with lacquered boards and panels engraved with Chinese characters. Pillars were also carved with ornamental designs.
Da Nang – During the Vietnam War, the city was home to a major air base that was used by both the South Vietnamese and United States air forces. The base was considered one of the world’s busiest airports during the war, reaching an average of 2,595 air traffic operations daily, more than any airport in the world at that time. The final U.S. ground combat operations in Vietnam ceased on 13 August 1972.
Like most Asians countries, the Vietnamese are always trying to sell you something. Frequently you hear someone shout, “motorbike”, “easy rider”, “you coming look in my shop”, ” good day mate”, “where you from?” and if we hear someone say “luvverly jubbly” again I’ll throttle them.
Because we are here for some time I purchased a Sim card. Like most mobile phones companies you get the occasional text and of course these are in Vietnamese. About 5 days ago I started receiving texts from another mobile number, I just ignored them and thought I will get someone at reception to translate. Hung, the head receptionist started to read them and started laughing out loud, the next thing the other 3 receptionist are all giggling. When they finally composed themselves, they explained that it was a boy sending text messages to a girl he was trying to date.
Unlike Thailand, there are not many stray dogs, this probably due to them being a delicacy here and any found running free probably end up on the menu of a restaurant or in supplementing a family’s diet. So when in a restaurant and ordering a Lassi (a fruit and yoghurt drink), if they ask “how you want it cooked”, I think they have mis-understood you.
I have added a number of new photos.