March 31, 2018
March 12, 2018
Our next stop after Hue was Da Nang, which turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. It’s a modern and fast-growing city, but really has almost nothing to offer from the touristic point of view. There is the Dragon Bridge, whose claim to fame is the golden dragon that stretches along one side of the bridge – but it’s more kitschy than interesting, and in any case not beautiful.
The only real point of interest in Da Nang is the Museum of Cham Sculpture, which has some really beautiful works of art, some of them a dating from as far back as the 5th century. When we visited it, there was also a photography exhibition on Vietnamese culture, showing sides of everyday life in Vietnam that we were familiar with and some which we didn’t know about. This, to us, was as interesting as the permanent collection of the museum.
I had already spent 4 days in Hoi An while Daniel was on his cave tour in Phong Nha, but Daniel had not seen Hoi An yet, so we decided to go back there together for a few more days.
Hoi An is a must-see in Vietnam. It’s truly lovely and special, through the typical lanterns that decorate the old city center, and through the many buildings that reflect different influences and architectural styles, from the local, to Chinese, Japanese and French. The old town in Hoi An has UNESCO world heritage status, and most of its buildings have been preserved as they were a few hundred years ago. This gives the town a unique character and, along with the river banks and the canals, create a really special place.
None! Maybe just that we had to leave our luxury hotel… ;)
From Hoi An we’re flying south to Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon, as it was formerly called), our last stop in Vietnam. I’m trying to prepare myself mentally for crazy traffic and sky-high temperatures, but I’m also hoping to find a lively and interesting city, that should complete the image of Vietnam that we have so far.