Hoi An feels like a small riverside town in the French countryside. It’s misty, overcast and significantly cooler than the southern beach towns like Quy Nhon and Na Trang. While the historic French architecture is beautiful and romantic, all the buildings are filled with tourist-centric vendors selling custom-tailored clothing, souvenirs and day tours. There isn’t much local Vietnamese culture apart from villagers making a buck with the tourist boom. Most tourists were French and few Americans appeared on the scene.
We stayed at Thanh Van II Hotel ($24/night) a bit outside of old town. They provided free bicycles, tasty breakfast and spotty Internet. Facebook hacks definitely came in handy as the Vietnamese government has blocked its citizens from communicating with former citizens who fled the country during the American war. Continue Reading