Monday, 19 May 2014

UNESCO site 1 - Hoi An

    The second day of our Danang adventure consisted of a day-trip to Hoi An. It was fortuitous that the hotel provided free transport to Hoi An. Hoi An as you know by now is a UNESCO Heritage site. The old town can be explored within a day. We took about two hours. The weather started off scorching. Unfortunately, the wonderful invention of the air-con, seemed to have skipped this quaint town. I found myself walking at a faster pace than usual, wanting to reach the next shade.
lantern-making using the traditional method
    This little town is dotted with ancient Chinese architecture. The shops had old Chinese signboards and the temples were all in Chinese style. It wasn't much of an eye-opener as we are familiar with Chinese culture. Europeans may find Hoi An a little more exotic and interesting. 
Vietnamese chicken rice. Very different from what we are used to.
White Rose Dumplings (shrimp paste wrapped with rice paper, i.e. Cantonese har gao style)
traditional pork noodles (reminds me of Ramen)
     The weather turned rather abruptly. One second we were perspiring like pigs, another second, it started to drizzle. Hoi An remains a "been-there-done-that" spot for us. For a UNESCO Heritage site, it's a little disappointing, to say the least.

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