Magical Hoi An
Magical Hoi An

Our third stop in Vietnam was Hoi An.  The words “Hoi An” translate to “peaceful meeting place” and the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site has survived nearly 200 years of turbulent Vietnamese history. It remains preserved mostly as it was 200 years ago, when it functioned as major trading post in the 18th century.

A river in Hoi An
A river in Hoi An
Naps on the street
Naps on the street
The Food Markets
The Food Markets
On the streets
On the streets
A temple
A temple
The historic district at night
The historic district at night

However like all things in Vietnam the beauty of the town has brought an influx of tourism and the Vietnamese have adopted their crafts and shops to supply the growing tourist market.  This leaves the streets lined with hawkers, cheap junk, and an incredible amount of tailoring shops.

The rice paddies outside the city center
The rice paddies outside the city center
Traditional Fishing boat at An Ban Beach
Traditional Fishing boat at An Ban Beach

Despite all this the town is lovely with heavy rains, tropical air, and glorious food.  Many consider Hoi An the food center of Vietnam and while I don’t think it can claim that honor it was a truly delicious place to spend a few days, riding bikes and relaxing.

White Roses: Named by the French because of its appearance, a traditional Hoi An dumpling of shrimp and translucent white dough.
White Roses: Named by the French because of its appearance, a traditional Hoi An dumpling of shrimp and translucent white dough.
Cau Lau: made of noodles, pork and greens. It is found only in Hoi An
Cau Lau: made of noodles, pork and greens. It is found only in Hoi An

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Tam Kỳ Chicken Rice: Another regional specialty
Tam Kỳ Chicken Rice: Another regional specialty

 

Banana Leaf Wrapped Eggplant
Banana Leaf Wrapped Eggplant
Calamari
Calamari
Rice and Seafood
Rice and Seafood
Hoanh Thanh Chien: Fried wonton with fresh toppings
Hoanh Thanh Chien: Fried wonton with fresh toppings

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