8 Days 7 Nights Central Vietnam Tour – Danang, Hue and Hoi An – Day 6 (May 2015)

Day 6 – Hoi An

After a wonderful time in Hoi An the previous day, we slept very well. But I got up very early around 5 am and went to the river to take some pictures hoping to catch the sunrise. Unfortunately, the sun was not coming up from that direction.

Wooden Jetty
Wooden Jetty
Left view of the river
Left view of the river
Right view of the river
Right view of the river
A passing boat so early in the morning
A passing boat so early in the morning
Resort view from the jetty
Resort view from the jetty
Early morning in the garden
Early morning in the garden
Nice swimming pool in the morning
Nice swimming pool in the morning

So I went over to the hotel lobby and the sun was just about coming out with the first sunbeams coming through above some trees on the right. After snapping a few shots of this sunrise and the nice reflection of the water pond at the lobby, I went back to the room to catch some more sleep.

First sunbeams coming through at hotel lobby
First sunbeams coming through at hotel lobby
Sunrise in Hoi An view from hotel lobby
Sunrise in Hoi An view from hotel lobby
Beautiful reflection pond at the lobby
Beautiful reflection pond at the lobby


Beautiful reflection pond on the left at the lobby
Beautiful reflection pond on the left at the lobby
Beautiful reflection pond with river in front at the lobby
Beautiful reflection pond with river in front at the lobby
Nice breakfast
Nice breakfast

Slightly after 7 am, we went to the restaurant to have breakfast. The restaurant wasn’t too crowded yet. Perhaps we were still very early. The buffet spread was quite good. We enjoyed our meals, especially the nice Vietnamese ice coffee. It was a great way to start the morning. The ambience in the restaurant was that of a resort with the swimming pool not very far away and the river just a short distance after the garden. It really looked like a great morning to begin our Hoi An activity.

Delicious buffet breakfast
Delicious buffet breakfast
Nice breakfast with Vietnamese ice coffee
Nice breakfast with Vietnamese ice coffee

We went back to the room after breakfast to get ready to head back to the Old Town. We had actually contacted Pullman Danang Beach Resort to see if we could catch a ride with them after sending guests to Hoi An at 10 am the next day. Pullman Danang Beach Resort does provide two shuttle services to Hoi An, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. We were told the bus would arrive at the bus terminal at 127 Phan Chau Trinh. We were requested to be there by 10.25 am and if by 10.40 am we were not there, the bus would leave without us. So this morning we were heading out to this location to recce the place for our transport location in order to be sure where to wait for the shuttle bus.

Restaurant view from room balcony
Restaurant view from room balcony
Swimming Pool view from room balcony
Swimming Pool view from room balcony



Having packed and appropriately dressed for this hot summer day, we left Vinh Hung Emerald Resort and walked towards the Old Town retracing the paths of the previous night to the walking streets. Soon we reached the main intersection at the bridge where the Old Town was just a short distance on the right after crossing the bridge. We walked past the walking street where we bought our entrance tickets last night and proceeded further to another street Phan Chau Trinh which was not a walking street. We turned right and walked along trying to locate number 127.

View from the main bridge near the Old Town
View from the main bridge near the Old Town
Left view from the main bridge near the Old Town
Left view from the main bridge near the Old Town
View from the main bridge near the Old Town
View from the main bridge near the Old Town
Entrance into walking streets of Old Town
Entrance into walking streets of Old Town

Along the way, we looked at shops and entered one shop selling clothes. After some bargaining, we bought two more polo t-shirts and a table runner for 300,000 VND. Walking further along, we came to a big car park with shops and some buses and taxis coming in and leaving. We believed we had found our pick up point. So we walked a little further and then right into the walking street of the Old Town.

Shop selling clothes
Shop selling clothes
Bought polo t-shorts at this shop
Bought polo t-shorts at this shop
Quiet road outside Old Town
Quiet road outside Old Town
School across the road
School across the road
Building across the road
Building across the road
Shops along the road
Shops along the road

The Old Town looked markedly different from the previously night. The crowds of visitors were noticeably absent which wasn’t surprising. The hot summer weather was not really conducive to explore the Old Town. Besides, the romantic charms were only brought out under the lovely and beautiful lanterns lighting at night under a cooler temperature.

Quiet walking street in Old Town
Quiet walking street in Old Town
Empty street in Old Town
Empty street in Old Town


A cafe inside Old Town
A cafe inside Old Town
Monument in Old Town
Monument in Old Town
Another cafe in Old Town
Another cafe in Old Town

As we walked on the almost empty streets, we turned right again and entered another shop selling clothes. My dear wife saw some nice clothes and bought two pretty blouses for 300,000 VND. After that we walked further down and turned left to walked all the way to the end of the street to visit the market. It was really getting hotter now and most people were under shelter to escape the punishing heat.

A souvenir shop in Old Town
A souvenir shop in Old Town
Another quiet street during the day in Old Town
Another quiet street during the day in Old Town
Quiet side street in Old Town
Quiet side street in Old Town
An empty shop in Old Town
An empty shop in Old Town
A restored temple art gallery
A restored temple art gallery




My wife approached a stall and enquired about the rice papers for making Vietnamese spring rolls. She was quoted a ridiculously high price. We had bought some rice papers in Hanoi last December with the help of a friend so we knew the price beforehand. Finally, after some bargaining, we bought 5 packs of 10 pieces each for 20,000 VND which was more reasonable.

Market on a hot day
Market on a hot day
Market on a hot day and everyone under shelter from the heat
Market on a hot day and everyone under shelter from the heat
Outside market area
Outside market area
Fruit stalls outside market
Fruit stalls outside market
More fruit stalls outside market
More fruit stalls outside market
Stalls outside of the market
Stalls outside of the market
Road along the market
Road along the market
Road outside the market
Road outside the market

After this, we walked towards the river and turned right to walked along the river to head back to Vinh Hung Emerald Resort. It was the same street we walked on the previous night with plenty of cafes and restaurants under romantic lights along the river where alfresco dining was available but definitely not during the day which would be insane to have a meal under the hot sun.

Another entrance into walking street of Old Town
Another entrance into walking street of Old Town
Walking street along the river in Old Town
Walking street along the river in Old Town
Empty street on a hot summer day
Empty street on a hot summer day
Taking shelter from the sun along the river
Taking shelter from the sun along the river
A museum in Hoi An Old Town
A museum in Hoi An Old Town

The boats were still moored along the river and the river boat restaurant was still there apparently empty during this time. The restaurants were also empty as it was not lunch time yet.

Boats on the river
Boats on the river


More boats on the river
More boats on the river
River boat restaurant
River boat restaurant
More boats along the river near to the walking bridge
More boats along the river near to the walking bridge
Shops on walking street along the river
Shops on walking street along the river
Quiet street along the river
Quiet street along the river



We walked on taking in the sights of the day and reached the big walking bridge in the middle where it was full of life during the night and now we were the only visitors there taking pictures of the surrounding without any hindrance. The lotus flowers decorating the river were actually red in colour but under the lighting at night, they were glowing in pretty pink.

Main walking bridge empty during a hot day
Main walking bridge empty during a hot day
Lotus flowers on the river
Lotus flowers on the river
Lotus flowers on the river glowing in pink at night
Lotus flowers on the river glowing in pink at night

It was already after 10 am so we crossed the river and made our way back to Vinh Hung Emerald Resort. We had to be back before 10.30 am in order not to miss the complimentary river cruise. By now, the heat was biting right into our skins. We were drenching wet and quite uncomfortable.

Outside walking street heading back to resort
Outside walking street heading back to resort

We made it back to the resort just in time to catch the boat ride. We went back to the room first to put down our shopping bags and grabbed some more bottles of water. We ran to the river where the boat was waiting and passengers were already on board. The resort staff greeted us politely when we approached the boat at the wooden jetty. We were the last two passengers to board and we quickly took our seats and then the boat swiftly left the wooden jetty.

Happy Boat operator on the river cruise
Happy Boat operator on the river cruise
Heading towards the long bridge
Heading towards the long bridge

The boat was heading left towards a long bridge. Soon the market we walked past earlier came into view on our left. After passing the market and under the long bridge, we have more boats on the river and houses on the left bank. The boat kept going forward until we passed an islet all the way near to the mouth of the river and then turned back.

Hoi An market
Hoi An market
Market next to the river
Market next to the river
Boats and walking street in Old Town
Boats and walking street in Old Town


Boats moored along river near Old Town
Boats moored along river near Old Town
Boats and walking street in Old Town
Boats and walking street in Old Town
Long bridge ahead
Long bridge ahead
Boats on the river after passing long bridge
Boats on the river after passing long bridge
Boat on the river
Boat on the river
Boats on the river
Boats on the river
More boats on the river
More boats on the river
Nice houses and boats
Nice houses and boats
More boats and houses scenery on the river cruise
More boats and houses scenery on the river cruise
A nice hotel by the river
A nice hotel by the river

On the way back, it was the same scenery on the river. This time the houses and buildings were on our right. We passed by the luxurious Anantara Hoi An Resort by the river. Next was the lovely Brother’s Café with a lonely brother sitting by the river bank. Then came the long bridge again and passing under on the right was the untidy market where stall holders threw trash into the river. They also lowered buckets to collect water to do washing beside the river.

Houses and boats along the river
Houses and boats along the river
River scene during cruise
River scene during cruise
Another boat on the river
Another boat on the river
Another river scene during cruise
Another river scene during cruise
Nice house and boat along the river
Nice house and boat along the river
Anantara Hoi An Resort ahead
Anantara Hoi An Resort ahead
Anantara Hoi An Resort getting nearer
Anantara Hoi An Resort getting nearer
Beautiful Anantara Hoi An Resort
Beautiful Anantara Hoi An Resort
Nice ground on the Anantara Hoi An Resort
Nice ground on the Anantara Hoi An Resort


Passing Anantara Hoi An Resort
Passing Anantara Hoi An Resort
A boat restaurant on the river
A boat restaurant on the river
Getting nearer to Old Town
Getting nearer to Old Town
Brother's cafe coming up
Brother’s cafe coming up

After that was those boats we saw moored by the river at the Old Town in front of the many shops, cafes and restaurants where many visitors dined alfresco style beside the river at night. The big boat restaurant was also there resting quietly to be awakened only in the evening. As it was another hot day with clear blue sky, the sights along the river were lovely during the cruise. We were sheltered from the sun and with wind blowing into our face, the boat ride was quite pleasant.

Long bridge coming up again
Long bridge coming up again
Untidy market next to the river
Untidy market next to the river
Market along the river
Market along the river
Washing on the river at the market
Washing on the river at the market
Close up view of market along the river
Close up view of market along the river
Hoi An market from a distance
Hoi An market from a distance
Scene of Old Town from the river
Scene of Old Town from the river
Boats along the river at Old Town
Boats along the river at Old Town
River scene of Old Town
River scene of Old Town
Beautiful river scene of Old Town
Beautiful river scene of Old Town
Boats along the river at Old Town
Boats along the river at Old Town
More Boats along the river at Old Town
More Boats along the river at Old Town
River boat restaurant at Old Town
River boat restaurant at Old Town

More boats were seen on the river plying along on their transportation mission. We didn’t really come across any tourists river cruise during our boat ride this late morning. Eventually, we were back to our wooden jetty at Vinh Hung Emerald Resort. So everyone disembarked here and we were back to the garden ground of the resort. The whole boat ride lasted about 45 minutes which was great. Before we went for the boat ride, we had called reception to request for late check out so that we might have a short swim at the pool after the boat ride which was granted. The check out time was thus pushed back to 1 pm.

River transportation
River transportation
Peaceful scenery on the river cruise
Peaceful scenery on the river cruise
Another boat on the river
Another boat on the river
A typical river scene
A typical river scene
Boat on a river mission
Boat on a river mission

By the time we finished the boat ride, it was already 11.30 am so it was a great time to plunge into the nice and warm water in the swimming pool for a swim. The swim was just simply lovely and a delight under the summer heat of the day. It was so relaxing dipping and floating on the sparkling waters under the midday sun. It was actually very needful after our hot morning walk around the Old Town and river cruise just to unwind a while before other activities planned for the day.

Back to the wooden jetty of the resort
Back to the wooden jetty of the resort
Very nice swimming pool
Very nice swimming pool

After the swim, we had a quick shower and enjoyed the air-condition in the room for a short while as we packed and get ready to leave. This hotel room was quite good and we enjoyed our stay even though it might not be considered luxurious. This resort provided free street food buffet in the late afternoon as well as this free river cruise in the late morning which was very enjoyable. The meals at the restaurant were great as well that came with a 5%, 10% and then a 15% discount for our meals during each visit.

So we went to the lobby to check out and left our bags with their staff. Then we went back to the restaurant to have lunch before we move over to The Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel. We were not too hungry so we ordered something simple but delicious. Of course we ordered the ice ginger tea which we enjoyed very much the night before. The restaurant staff was happy to see us and serve us again as very few guests remained in the hotel for meals.

With lunch done, we went back to the hotel lobby to collect our bags and we thus bid Vinh Hung Emerald Resort goodbye and moved on to our next hotel accommodation which was nearby. We carried our bags and walked back in the direction of the Old Town. Once we reached the junction before the big bridge, the Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel was just on our left. We took less than five minutes to walk over and this time, we were nearer to the Old Town and we could see the Unesco World Heritage Site from the hotel.

Once we walked up the steps to the hotel, the hotel staff came and took our bags. We had actually come over to this hotel the previous night when we went to explore the Old Town. We told the staff of our booking and requested for an upgrade and we were told it shouldn’t be a problem as we came during their low season. So during check in, we were upgraded to a deluxe room with a balcony facing the river with a view of the Old Town.

Entrance into Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel
Entrance into Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel Lobby
Beautiful light decoration
Beautiful light decoration
Lovely light
Lovely light

The hotel staff here were simply sincerely personable and friendly. We were shown to our room which was a delight indeed. The furnishing of the room was superb. The king bed looked very clean and comfortable. The room was tastefully decorated with an antique looking telephone and clock.

Comfy king bed with nice decoration
Comfy king bed with nice decoration
Beautiful deluxe room with king bed
Beautiful deluxe room with king bed

The bathroom was nice and clean complete with very good toiletries. In fact, the entire hotel ground was nicely decorated where it was very easy to fall in love with this little boutique hotel. The balcony opened out to a river view and the Old Town was further on the right across the main bridge.

Toilet and shower stall
Toilet and shower stall
Nice mixer and wash basin
Nice mixer and wash basin
Wash basin counter
Wash basin counter
Toilet and shower stall
Toilet and shower stall
Antique shower set
Antique shower set

Everything was in working order. TV with plenty of channels to watch though mostly local channels. Wifi worked exceptionally well. Likewise the air-conditioning worked perfectly which was critical during this summer time. So with such a nice hotel and room to park ourselves in, there was no point going anywhere during the hot afternoon.

Sliding doors to bathroom
Sliding doors to bathroom
Room Balcony
Room Balcony
Foyer area view from above
Foyer area view from above


Hot sunny afternoon from room balcony
Hot sunny afternoon from room balcony

So our afternoon was spent relaxing in our beautiful room watching TV and chatting up with children and friends over whatsapp. We needed the rest anyway after our tiring morning activities under the scorching sun. This hotel was simply lovely where we could rest in a nice and quiet environment.

Desk and wall mounted TV
Desk and wall mounted TV

Not many people would be out on the streets during this time anyway so this afternoon nap and rest would prepare us to head back to the Old Town for another round of enjoyable walk in a totally different ambience in the evening where everyone would be out on the streets to have a great time.

Direct view room balcony
Direct view room balcony
View from the room balcony
View from the room balcony
Another view from the room balcony
Another view from the room balcony
Old Town view from room balcony
Old Town view from room balcony

Closer to 5 pm, we went to the Spa where we were given a 10 minutes complimentary foot massage. This establishment was one of the best we had come across during our Central Vietnam tour. The staff were polite and professional and ambience very nice to spend some relaxing time. We were given face towels and drinks. The foot massage was very enjoyable and it seemed to take longer than the given 10 minutes. Under the skillful hands of the masseurs, we were put back to our feet in good shape.

Foyer view from above
Foyer view from above
Tables at foyer in front of Spa
Tables at foyer in front of Spa
Tables at foyer in front of resaurant
Tables at foyer in front of resaurant
Elegant foyer area
Elegant foyer area

After that, we went to the semi-indoor swimming pool for a look. We already had our swim earlier so we were in no mood for another swim. The pool wasn’t very big but quite nice and clean. No one was swimming when we went there.

Peaceful and calm swimming pool area
Peaceful and calm swimming pool area
Quiet indoor swimming pool
Quiet indoor swimming pool
Nice swimming pool
Nice swimming pool

Next, we approached the restaurant for dinner. The restaurant was quite empty when we turned up and the hotel’s staff at the restaurant were likewise exceptionally good with their customer service.

Comfy and elegant seats inside restaurant
Comfy and elegant seats inside restaurant
Nice and pleasant restaurant
Nice and pleasant restaurant
Refreshing fruit juice for dinner
Refreshing fruit juice for dinner

We took our seats and ordered cordon bleu and fish and chips. In addition, we also ordered fresh fruit juice. The meal was great and we always liked to have an enjoyable meal in a quieter environment. After the tasty meals, we went back to our room to get ready for our evening walk to the Old Town again. From the balcony, we could see the Old Town lighting up and ready for visitors. We took water with us and left the hotel.

Delicious western meal dinner
Delicious western meal dinner
Evening view from room balcony
Evening view from room balcony
Evening view from room balcony to the left
Evening view from room balcony to the left
Evening front view from room balcony
Evening front view from room balcony
Bridge junction and Old Town further ahead
Bridge junction and Old Town further ahead
Evening view from room balcony at Old Town
Evening view from room balcony at Old Town

Evening was already setting in and the hotel viewed from the outside was lovely under red lantern lights against a deep blue night sky. Some food vendors had already set up stalls near the hotel.

Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel front view
Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel front view


Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel front view
Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel front view

This time, instead of crossing the bridge to enter the Old Town walking streets, we just walked along the other side of the river to look at cafes and restaurants. This side of the river was quieter and not as crowded. We could see the beautiful and lovely warm lantern lights across the river providing a romantic ambience for those cafes and restaurants over on the other side.

Lighted dragon statue at the park by the river opposite the Old Town
Lighted dragon statue at the park by the river opposite the Old Town
Restaurant with alfresco dining
Restaurant with alfresco dining

On this side of the river, it was more like a walk in the park. Restaurants and cafes were on the right of the main road and a park by the river on the left. Tricycles in different colour lighting were on this road bringing out a very different feel of this place. Soon we reached the middle walking bridge where food vendors were there all ready for business for the evening.

Walking bridge nicely lit up
Walking bridge nicely lit up
Street with lighted tricycles opposite the Old Town
Street with lighted tricycles opposite the Old Town
Food vendors near entrance to walking bridge
Food vendors near entrance to walking bridge
More food vendors near entrance to walking bridge into Old Town
More food vendors near entrance to walking bridge into Old Town

We walked on further this side of the river to explore more cafes and restaurants and took pictures of the surrounding as we didn’t cover this area the previous night. When we reached the end of these shops, we turned back and walked back to the lively walking bridge in the middle. It might still be a little early as the lotus flowers on the river were not lighted up yet. But vendors were already selling paper lotus lights for those who wished to release them into the river.

Romantic walking street across the river
Romantic walking street across the river
Another view of the walking bridge
Another view of the walking bridge
Cafes and restaurants this side of the river
Cafes and restaurants this side of the river
More cafes and restaurants this side of the river
More cafes and restaurants this side of the river
Cafes and restaurants this side of the river
Cafes and restaurants this side of the river
Night view across the river in Old Town
Night view across the river in Old Town
Romantic scene across the river
Romantic scene across the river
Another lovely scene across the river in Old Town
Another lovely scene across the river in Old Town
Heading to cross the walking bridge into Old Town
Heading to cross the walking bridge into Old Town

On the bridge, it was crowded as usual with the announcement to purchase tickets to enter the Old Town. We didn’t even have a chance to visit those attractions listed on the ticket these two days. These were buildings of associations where I didn’t feel any great loss for missing such visits as I grew up hanging out at some associations around Chinatown in Singapore whenever my grandparents brought me out to town. They were not very special to me and I didn’t see any reason to head back into Old Town during the hot afternoon just for a quick look. So at the end of the main walking bridge was this Cantonese Association building which was already closed at night. Street vendors were out selling their wares outside this association building.

Entering walking bridge into Old Town
Entering walking bridge into Old Town
Cantonese Association building
Cantonese Association building
Nice restaurant
Nice restaurant

We walked further into the middle of Old Town and looked around some areas we didn’t cover the night before. They were more or less about the same with more cafes and restaurants nicely lighted up at night waiting for diners to patronize them. We also walked past another side of the town square where attentive locals were listening to stories and happily participating in activities over there.

Beautiful street scene at night in Old Town
Beautiful street scene at night in Old Town
Charming restaurant at night
Charming restaurant at night
Another lovely restaurant in Old Town
Another lovely restaurant in Old Town
Town square story telling time
Town square story telling time

After this, we walked back towards the middle walking bridge along the river without crossing over the river again. Instead, we walked on along the river to look at this side of the river scenes we missed last night. We came across the famous Japanese bridge viewed from outside initially lit up in a mysterious blue light which was a little eerie. The bridge then changed to a combination of soft green and pink lighting which was more lovely to look at. Having taken a few pictures, we walked on.

Walking bridge on Old Town side
Walking bridge on Old Town side
Japanese bridge in eerie blue light
Japanese bridge in eerie blue light
Pretty Japanese bridge at night
Pretty Japanese bridge at night
Night scene across the river from Old Town
Night scene across the river from Old Town

On the left along the river bank, food vendors set up food stalls. This was the cheaper version of the alfresco dining experience along the river. Tables and benches were arranged nicely and the place was quite nicely lit up as well. There were some restaurants on the right side of the walking street for those who preferred to eat at proper restaurants.

Street food vendor along the river
Street food vendor along the river
Another street food stall along the river
Another street food stall along the river
More street food vendor along the river
More street food vendor along the river
Some more street food vendor along the river
Some more street food vendor along the river


Alfresco street food dining along the river
Alfresco street food dining along the river
Restaurant near street food vendors along the river
Restaurant near street food vendors along the river

Soon we reached the end and were at the junction of the major bridge where the Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel was just across the road after the bridge on the other side of the river. We walked along the path and crossed the river on the bridge and were back to the side of the hotel. We went up to a coffee shop and bought a big bottle of water for 20,000 VND and then walked back to our hotel. On the way, we walked past some food vendors outside the hotel at the road junction.

Restaurant across the river from Old Town
Restaurant across the river from Old Town
Street food vendors near Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel
Street food vendors near Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel
Seats for street food near hotel
Seats for street food near hotel
More seats for street food near hotel
More seats for street food near hotel

Finally, we entered the Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel and the staff greeted us heartily. Then we were back in our room enjoying the air-conditioning and elements of creature comfort. Another shower after a warm and sticky walk to the Old Town was just fantastic. We were completely comfortable now and with our nice and comfy bed as companion, resting in the room was pure delight. Of course the TV was switched on and our children were connected via whatsapp to catch up on events during the day.

Grand hotel entrance
Grand hotel entrance
Gorgeous Kind bed
Gorgeous Kind bed
Desk and wall mounted TV
Desk and wall mounted TV
Nice rustic clock
Nice rustic clock

It was a very enjoyable experience in Hoi An for the past two days. The hotel room over here was much nicer and more comfortable than Vinh Hung Emerald Resort. But the resort has a nice outdoor swimming pool and a garden beside the river. The resort also provided free street food buffet and free boat ride. Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel however, was excellent in customer service. Not one staff was unhappy or rude and they were all genuinely helpful and friendly. So we were pleased with our choice of accommodation for these two days. It was better for us to stay at two different places to experience two different unique accommodations.

Antique Telephone in the room
Antique Telephone in the room


Beautiful room with tasteful decoration
Beautiful room with tasteful decoration
Lovely lantern light in the room
Lovely lantern light in the room

Finally, it was time to conclude our day with some nice and sweet sleep. Going back to Pullman Danang Beach Resort was something to look forward to having had a great and splendid time over there during our second day of our Central Vietnam tour. The last time we were upgraded to a junior suite and our accommodation was simply fantastic. We hope our return trip would be equally good if not even better. Soon, we were off to our sweet dreams and expecting greater things to come the next day.


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