Change of Plans
Hoi An Travel Blog› entry 141 of 174 › view all entries
February 1st, 2010 – by: domnicella
So I saved my time, sanity, and future chiropractic bills and bought a plane ticket to Hoi An, and then another one to Hanoi. Clocking in at an hour and fifteen minutes each flight, I'd say it was a worthwhile investment.
Hoi An is charming. It's a World Heritage site, with an Old Quarter that doesn't allow cars (although motorbikes roam free) and a grid of preserved older buildings. Most are painted yellow and have that kind of quaint countryside feel to them.
I linked up with Allan and Dave again, the two Australians I hung out with in Siem Reap for a few days. (They're flying to Hanoi from here as well, so we'll have the next several days together.) We spotted an area with picnic tables that resembled the cheap eats in Siem Reap, and so opted for that for dinner. It was disappointing at best. We all ordered fried rice, Allan and I going veggie, Dave going pork, expecting the light, fresh, tasty fried rice that is found in Thailand (and to an extent in Cambodia). Instead, we got rice that had literally been cooked in a deep fryer, with pools -- POOLS! -- of grease on our plates. Ugh. Looks like I'm going to have to start thinking Chinese and ordering accordingly.
It's great being back with the boys. It was fun catching up on our travels, and is always nice seeing a friendly face. There's no shortage of laughter between the tree of us. It's going to be a good week.
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