After yet another 11h bus ride on a sleeping bus I arrived in Hoi An on Saturday morning. It would be my last place having a beach and with the most popular hostel in town being completely booked I decided to stay right at the beach in “Under the Coconut Tree Homestay“. Definitely the right choice! 🙂
After putting down my luggage I went straight to the beach and the view was absolutely amazing. There was hardly anyone at the beach, just a few boats that looked like halfs of coconuts so it was very quite and peaceful and I was just listening to the waves…
I tried the traditional Hoi An dishes right away at the hotel before leaving with the bike to town:
I enjoyed the 15 minute bike ride to the city very much as it was past a lot of rice fields on both sides of the road and bypassing bikers and cyclists kept smiling. In general, everyone here in Hoi An is smiling at everyone which just spreads such a happy atmosphere everywhere. So I rode my bike to the city, smiling to myself, and went along Tran Phu which is a road closed to traffic.
The road seems to be made for tourists with loads of little shop houses next to one another, selling souvenirs, clothes, bags and paintings alongside tailors, restaurants and cafés. Hoi An is known for its lanterns and they were hanging in every part of the road and on almost every house. Very beautiful at day and supposedly even more beautiful when lit up at night. The left part of the road is divided by a small river that can be crossed by the Japanese Bridge.
While riding along the roads in Hoi An, I just couldn’t help but fall in love with the city and its contagious happy atmosphere. 🙂
Unfortunately, when I was having my dinner that evening I fell sick. I could feel my stomach go crazy and major stomach cramps would keep me up all night, including the worst diarrhoea and nausea ever. I woke up with 38° fever and so I had no choice but to cancel my trip to My Son and stay in bed all day. Everyone at the hostel took good care of me, an American teacher gave me some antibiotics and I have brought loads of medications as well. I had a nice medicine cocktail within myself! I spent the day and following night to sweat it all off and I was happy that I was staying in a place without aircon. This place was probably the best place to have fallen sick and to recover from a virus, ironically. I believe the reason for falling sick in the first place was very likely the ice in the Vietnamese coffee after my arrival… So: no more ice in anything for me!
The second day I started to feel much better but I realized that I had to skip Paradise cave and most of Hue and if I was not able to leave Hoi An the following day, Halong Bay may be at risk as well… I didn’t mind skipping all these things too much, I’ll just come back when I continue my travels to Cambodia and Laos some time in the future, but I didn’t want to miss Halong Bay. If I managed that trip I would be able to leave Vietnam without regrets. 🙂
Thankfully, I found back to the old me last late afternoon. I had dinner at the homestay and rented a bike to have a look at Hoi An in the evening as well before leaving for Hue in the early morning hours the folllowing day.
Nobody promised too much, it really was fascinating and beautiful to walk through the streets with all the lanterns lit up and classical music playing from loudspeakers everywhere. There weren’t that many people in the city as well, so I just enjoyed my second and last hour in the city of Hoi An.
Today morning I woke up at 5am to catch the sunrise at the beach. I never managed to get up early enough to see a sunrise but people are so crazy about the sunrises right here at this beach that I at least had to give it a try to wake up early. It wasn’t that hard in the end. having slept so many hours during the day the past 2 days and it was well worth it…