Saturday, 26 September 2015

Hoi An, Vietnam

If you only ever a couple of places in Vietnam, make sure Hoi An is top of the list. 

It's home to some of the best places I've been to eat, every corner of the place is stunning, it's peaceful and at night the river is lit with hundreds of lanterns. 

It's amazing. 

I'd done a good amount of research on Hoi An before we came and An Bang beach was recommended by so many. 

We spent the whole day being lazy under the sun. 

Stay for the sunset if you can. It's nice to watch Vietnamese women come out to cook food for their families on the beach.

And who doesn't want to see a sunset at the beach anyway?

When we finally peeled ourselves off the sunbeds we headed back into town to see the lanterns on the river I'd heard so much about.

Restaurants also line the river as well as different bars but the best place to eat isn't along the river (I'll tell you about that in another post).

Opposite restaurants, you'll find small children and women selling small lanterns for you to let float on the water.

They all gather towards the bridge at the end and it really is something else!

You'll also see cards like these almost everywhere in Vietnam.

You'd be silly not to buy some and save them for future birthdays or occasions!

After wandering round the night market and Beth buying a big lantern for herself, we headed for food. 

I know I said the best food wasn't along the river, but the starters at this place we tried were pretty top notch! (Sorry, I don't remember the name but it's on the left side of the river and maybe you can work it out from the pictures).

We ordered the white rose, which is essentially a small dumpling with a meat filling, garlic and a sweet dipping sauce. 

Wow, wow, wow! 

We honestly weren't expecting anything good at all but each of us would tell you how delicious these starters were.

Especially these crispy shrimp wontons.

I'd also heard that Cao Lau being a dish only found in Hoi An so Abbi and I gave it a go.

Not amazing but definitely worth trying somewhere else in Hoi An.