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Hoi An-Chinese Meeting House

Hoi An-Lantern Shop

Hoi-An - Chinese Meeting Hall

Hotel-Hoi An

Flooding in Hoi An - Boats taking people across to other side...

Arrived in Danang and found a couple of guys to share a cab with to Hoi An.

Are loving this small, charming town! It's a UNESCO world heritage site and for good reason. The town has a rich history of Chinese, Japanese, French and other influences as it was a major trading hub. As a result, the architecture, food and feel of the place is really interesting and beautiful. The most striking thing about the town is that most of the old shops have silk lanterns hanging from the front so it's a beautiful sight - especially when walking the narrow streets at night.

The weather is pleasant and the people have generally been very friendly compared to the South. Unfortunately there has been some major flooding in the area as the river has risen, covering the first few blocks of the town where some of the oldest houses and buildings are located.

Still, have managed to have a wonderful visit here.

Today the town is known for it's tailors - with several hundred small shops making custom clothing. We've even had a few things made for our travels, but didn't want to over-do it (tempting to make another stop here before we go home in a few year's time and have to wear "work clothes" again!)

Thanksgiving dinner was non-traditional, but yummy. Chicken & rice and shrimp wonton soup with a delicious passionfruit cheesecake from a patisserie - which we enjoyed before dinner. Enjoyed the BEST chocolate croissants we've ever had at the Cargo Club. After about 4 days here, we will head to Hue.

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