Da Nang and Hoi An

We just returned from a relaxing beach vacation. Ok, the truth is it was really too cold to swim most of the week, but we were staying on the beach. Our family flew about an hour from Hanoi to Da Nang, which is located in central Vietnam, and stayed at the Hyatt for 7 nights. We had spent memorial weekend in Da Nang this year but we wanted to go back and really soak it all in.

The weather was pretty chilly, in the 60’s and rainy most of the week, but we did have a few nice days and a little sunshine. Oliver was suddenly afraid of the ocean so it’s probably ok that we didn’t swim much. The one day we had blue skies we were able to take a chilly dip in the pool and try out the water slide.

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We made the most of our trip, taking several drives into Hoi An which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hubby and I had clothes tailored and we enjoyed walking around looking at the different shops and food stalls. At night the river lit up with lanterns, and boats floating in the water. We put a paper lantern in the river, which was not as easy as it sounds, but luckily nobody fell in (aka Oliver).

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One of our days was spent driving to Mỹ Sơn which is the ruins of Hindu temples from the 14th century. These temples are also a UNESCO World Heritage site as of 1999 because they are evidence of an Asian culture that is now extinct. The site was nicely laid out and we were able to get around somewhat easily with our stroller. The ruins were very pretty and I’m sure it is a nice place to visit if you don’t have a cranky 2 year old.

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Our trip also included lots of food and we enjoyed walking in downtown Da Nang at night after dinner. Oliver loved the famous Dragon bridge and asked where it was anytime we got into the car. We indulged in our favorite taco hut 3 times over the week, and had pizza 3 times as well. It’s nice to have a break from the delicious but repetitive Vietnamese cuisine in Hanoi. We enjoyed our time in Da Nang and hope to go one more time before we leave.

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