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As gorgeous as Hoi An is in the brightness of day, at night is when it really turns magical. After the sun goes down, hundreds of colorful lanterns begin to shine.
Off to stroll through the city as the sun sets and the lunar lanterns begin to appear.
Love the blues and greens!
A Ms. Vy establishment. Ms. Vy has made a name for herself catering to western tastes. She has about 3 restaurants in Hoi An. We didn’t eat at any of them, but they all looked very pretty.
Stopping to try a Vietnamese donut. Much lighter in texture than typical US donuts. Yummy.
In case you forgot you are in a communist country. This is at a roundabout just where the city turns from super-touristy to a bit more run down (which is where we stayed).
A vendor selling a large assortment of beautiful lanterns. We bought the red one in the upper right. It now hangs in our bedroom.
There are numerous light sculptures along the river.
The sandwich that changed my life. There are two places to get amazing Banh Mi in Hoi An: Queen Banh Mi and Banh Mi Phuong. Both were made famous by Anthony Bourdain. We tried and loved both, but to us, Banh Mi Phuong was so good we had to go back a second time. I think the edge came from the latter using more pate! Anyways we still talk about this sandwich.
The following morning it started to rain, the first weather of our trip, and it was coming down pretty hard. Fortunately our only itinerary was to check out, take a cab to the Da Nang airport and begin the long, grueling trip home.
I doubt any Valentine’s Day will ever quite match our 9 day adventure in SE Asia. We can’t wait to hopefully get back there again soon. Thanks for reading, looking at the pix and taking this trip with us. Remember, some of those bullshit vacation contests actually do pay off to enter!