Hoi An is a small city that was used as a commercial port during the 15th century, selling tea, spices and porcelain to boats from all over the world.
We stayed 3 days there, which was just enough to discover everything Hoi An as to offer.
The old town
The old town has been registered as World Heritage for its unique and splendid wooden architecture. Its style has been greatly influenced by the Chinese and Japanese rich settlers.
The Japanese bridge
We spend a day wandering around the ancient houses by bicycles, before heading to the beach for a swim. For once I was not the one who had a problem with his bicycle, but Thomas was. His lock key disappeared while we were booking our dives, and we never managed to find them back. He ended up on the back of my bicycle while I was cycling hime around (was that really fair?).
Some owners open their houses to the public
The “Chinese Hall” of Hoi An
Diving Cham Island
Gerrit, our new German travel buddy for Vietnam, joined us the next morning and we left right away for a diving morning. We went for a couple of dives around Cham Island, reputably the best diving spot of Vietnam.
The first dive frustrated us as they set up our equipment for us and almost didn’t give us time for our buddy check (it felt really safe…)… and we didn’t see anything amazing during that dive. During our second dive however, we got to go through underwater tunnels and caves, making it truly awesome.
We spend the rest of the day exploring and chilling on Cham Island, a beautiful small tropical island overlooked by its 517 meters-high mountain.
For those wondering nope, we didn’t spend the entire afternoon in a hammock
My So’n Cham site
My Son used to be an important religious place and the capital of the Champa kingdom, REGORGEANT of temples and sanctuaries. The Champa kingdom lasted from the 2nd to the 15th century, formed by the unification of tribes originating of Indonesia and independent from the Viet or Chinese kingdoms.
Today, only a tenth of the original 78 building of the city is remaining, as the site has been heavily bombed during the American war.
Other than that, our hostel was really nice, and we’ve been pleased with Hoi An night life – concentrated in a couple of places only.