I instantly fell in love with Hoi An, an ancient trading port city the moment I stepped in. There were rows of historical shophouses and buildings that were pretty well preserved throughout the years. As I dragged my luggage along Thu Bon River, passing a Vietnamese couple having their wedding photoshoot.
After checking in at The Corner Homestay, we could not wait to get some local street food from street vendors. Some of our favorite snacks include banana crepe drenched with chocolate sauce, charcoal bbq octopus and coconut cake.
Despite being under the scorching sun, we spent the entire day exploring the streets to take photos of historical landmarks that survived the test of time. These include the Japanese covered bridge, shophouses and temples.
Looking for Vietnamese souvenirs to take home? Hoi An has no lack of souvenirs for you, ranging from local handicrafts and artworks to knock-off goods, clothes, lanterns and many more. I got myself some pretty decent clothes to add to my closet!
Shopping till nightfall could get really draining. There are many coffee houses along the streets of Hoi An that serves potent brew of coffee beverages. We even have a cup of icy street desserts with different toppings to cool ourselves down too!
The night remained bustling with activities as locals and tourists alike scours through the streets for food or souvenirs. There was even a sampan boat ride, where we could light paper lanterns and releasing it into the river. It was a beautiful sight to behold as these lighted lanterns floated on the river. Countless shops also display beautiful paper lanterns of various colors for sale, hoping to attract curious passer-by.
I definitely will miss Hoi An and would not mind be back again! Do check out my other travel reviews too!