During our family trip to Da Nang last summer, we decided to visit the Ancient town of Hoi An since it wasn't too far away. That morning, we took a taxi from to the center of the town. Upon arrival, I was a bit surprised at how the scenery had changed from the modern and bustling urban sight of Da Nang city to the 19th century view you only see on TV. "This town is quite interesting!", I thought.
We started the day strolling around town looking at shops. The street were free of vehicles beside some bicycles and cyclos. I heard that around here cyclo riders would never sell you their cyclos even if you offered them a car in return. While at it, we also checked out the Japanese Bridge and the Tran Family Chapel. I saw lots of old furniture designs which was fascinating but a little tiring since my dad kept making the rest of us to stand still so he could take some pictures of us with them.
For lunch, we ate at a well-known dinner called Ba Buoi. And MAN! It was the best chicken and rice dish I had had so far. The rice was firm but not stiff, the chicken was moist and nicely seasoned with a golden color (which I assume was turmeric). Then we continued with our tour of the town along a nearby canal. After a while, we stopped for coffee since my little brother got tired of walking. Personally, I think nothing beats enjoying your latte while looking out to the peaceful sight of Hoi An.
As night falls, my impression on the town changed as I gazed at the captivating light of the newly lit lanterns. It was as if the streets shed their humble skin and put on a brand new suit. On one of the bridges, we caught a glimpse of people setting paper boats to the canal below. I wished my camera could capture that beautiful moment in its entirety. Then we had cao lau for dinner and headed to the market for souvenirs. Finally, we walked to a nearby parking lot, said our goodbye to the town and took a cab home.
Hoi An truly is an interesting town to visit. I hope future generations can continue to preserve its unique qualities.