HoiAn, a beautiful little town


Mike and I thoroughly enjoyed our unstructured time in HoiAn. Our Road Scholar trip was action packed, with lots of sightseeing, cultural and educational experiences, starting early in the morning till early evening, so we were ready for some “down time”.

It was nice to linger over breakfast, which we did every morning, for about two hours, chatting with another American couple, enjoying the hotel gardens and the wonderful warm weather. And what breakfasts they were…just about everything imaginable…Asian style food (more like what we would eat for dinner), crepes, omelettes, croissants, and the juiciest, freshest fruits I have ever tasted. I think I have a mango addiction.

HoiAn is a delightful city, with the central section full of little shops, restaurants and cafes. It was closed off to motorbikes and cars, so it is a pleasure walking there. Mike and I did some of the usual tourist things, but mainly we walked around, ate and drank. Good thing everything I brought with me had an elastic waistband!

I couldn’t resist shopping for my three “shared” grandchildren–there were such cute purses and backpacks. I also succumbed to one of HoiAn’s many tailor shops. I think I would have fared better if I had had my fashion consultants with me, but hey, it was an experience and entertainment. (Isn’t that what the gamblers say after being in Atlantic City?). There will be a fashion show when I get home–you all can be the judges as to whether I am “in or owwwwwttt”.

Me and super saleswoman Lou, while waiting for my new duds to be finished.

Me and super saleswoman Lou, while waiting for my new duds to be finished.

The temple was packed the day we visited, with the locals stopping by to purchase long red coils of incense that will slowly burn for several months. The yellow tags hanging from the incense have the family members’ names printed on them. I said a special prayer in front of this painting, asking the Sea Goddess to always keep Steve and Andrew safe.

Painting of the sea goddess, under the incense coils and behind the vase.

Painting of the sea goddess, rescuing the ship in distress. I so wanted to move that vase.

I have no idea what this is all about...I just liked it!

I have no idea what this is all about…I just liked it!


Sitting by the river, watching the boats roll on by

Sitting by the river, watching the boats roll on by

A Bloody Mary toast for all the girls!

A Bloody Mary toast for all the girls!

We took a day trip out to the Cham sanctuary, My Son. A significant portion of the sanctuary was destroyed by bombing. I climbed into one of the craters to give an idea of the depth of the hole, but that photo is on Mike’s camera.

Not this crater--there was water in the bottom.

Not this crater–there was water in the bottom.


The area was beautiful, and so peaceful.
The woods around My Son

The woods around My Son


Our guide was a photo enthusiast, who enjoyed using our cameras to take photos of us.
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At night, the bridges and streets are all lit up, and young children sell candles that you float on the river. If you buy one, “your family be very happy”. (So, family, are you? You better be, cuz I bought one! That photo is also on Mike’s camera, but here’s a daytime shot of one of the bridges.)
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It’s about time for a few questions, don’t you think?
1. Which of the seven new natural wonders of the world did we visit on this trip?
2. Early in the morning, in Luang Prabang, what can you watch the monks doing?
3. The best way to tour Hanoi’s old quarter is
A. By watching a travel video
B. By bus
C. On a cyclo
D. On foot
4. In which country is the currency known as a dong?
5. Who do you think PERMANENTLY lost an object?
A. Mike lost his hat
B. Shelley lost her glasses?
6. Why did the GI’s call the beach at DaNang “China Beach”?

5 thoughts on “HoiAn, a beautiful little town

  1. GOOD MORNING VIETNAMMMMMMMMMMMM

    1. Which of the seven new natural wonders of the world did we visit on this trip? HaLong Bay
    2. Early in the morning, in Luang Prabang, what can you watch the monks doing? Monks get up at 4 AM every day, walk in single lines collecting food, they feast after 12.
    3. The best way to tour Hanoi’s old quarter is
    C. On a cyclo…..i I can still see Linda’s smiling and scared face riding the cyclo….
    4. In which country is the currency known as a dong?
    Vietnam
    5. Who do you think PERMANENTLY lost an object?
    A. Mike lost his hat
    6. Why did the GI’s call the beach at DaNang “China Beach?
    DaNang’s beach, better known by the American soldiers as China Beach because of all the porcelain found buried in the sand?.

    Keep having fun hermana preferida!

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  2. 1) Angkor Way, the largest Hindu temple built by king Suryavarmam II in the 12 century in Cambodia

    2) In early AM the monks line up single file and venture out for free food donations

    3) The best way to tour Hanoi’s old quarter is D, by foot. However most tourist opt for C. the cyclo. There are certain areas and streets where the cyclo is not allowed.

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  3. 4) Dong is the currency of Vietnam

    5) B, I think Shelley lost her glasses, but Mike better check to see if he still has his hat.

    6) The GI’s called DaNang, (My The) China Beach because of the porcelain in the sand. China Beach was the GI’s respite from the war.

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