Tag Archives: Hoi An

Surprise Stops – More About the Imperial Palace

The tour operator raised his voice: “Anyone who is for Dalat, Mui Ne and Saigon, wait in my office.” The unexpected stop in Nha Trang wasn’t all that surprising. The city is small by Asian standards, but big for a … Continue reading

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Hoi An, (Part Three) – Thoughts About Facebook and Tourism

‘A great way to see Vietnam by motorbike – and independent,’ a notice in red felt-tipped letters read. It was taped to the seat of a large heavy motorbike which had been rode up to the hostel’s front entrance by … Continue reading

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More of Hoi An (Part Two) – More From Ruth

If you pace by them, they’re easily missed. One is tucked away like a closed drawer. They nestle further back behind spacious forecourts with patterned iron incense urns. Inside sits a Buddha filling an altar. Before it, rests flowers, fruit, … Continue reading

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Hoi An, (Part One) Quaint with Color – Tempted to go Riding

The nicest thing about the Hop Yen Hotel is its two entrances. Being able to enter – front and back – means a detour around Ba Trieu can be cut out, unless you think the curved street is infinitely attractive. … Continue reading

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The Hue Imperial Palace – A Sad Bombed-Out Relic

The base is square. Everything above – what is left of it – is in the Chinese style. Tiled caramel corrugated tubular roofs, wet and shining. Balconies, pavilions, chambers, throne rooms are propped by pillars. Outside, the main forecourt holds … Continue reading

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Hue, Somewhat Overrated – Thoughts about Dormitories

It continued grey, and with a steady drizzle, as the bus turned corners before dropping me off at Hue’s Backpacker Hostel in the heart of the Guest area. This once-capital city, before it changed to Hanoi in 1945, was where … Continue reading

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