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2nd October – Train to Danang and Hoi An

We left the hostel at 10am and got a taxi to the train station to travel to Danang. The journey is one of the most picturesque trips I’ve ever made in my life. The tracks went round the eastern coast line of Vietnam and as we were sat in the first carriage, whenever the train was going around a bend, you could see the tail of the train and with the ocean in the background made it quite dramatic.

Train Journey to Danang, VietnamWe saw beaches, rice fields and forests whilst travelling though this truly beautiful country. This was something out of a Michael Palin documentary.

Julie also met some french people who were visiting Vietnam for the third time and they were asking about our trip and questioned Julie for a good 10mins about hownwe did to pal an this trip, the logistics of booking hotels and if our bowels are ok.

We arrived at Danang train station and took a motorcycle to Hoi An, which is 30km from Danang. The cost of this motorcycle ride was 100,000 vnd each(£3). It was a great way to travel and also see the countryside. Our drivers stopped in the middle of our journey and said we buy them a coffee, It wasnt a request. We declined and hopped back on to bike and they got us to the hotel.

Julie on motorbike to Hoi An from DanangThis hotel is awesome, it’s 2 dollars more expensive than the backpackers hostel we stayed in Hue and the rooms are huge, bathroom is luxury, we don actuall need to stand on the wc to have a shower and best of all, it has a swimming pool. Julie and I took advantage of this straight away and had a dip.

We used the resorts free shuttle bus to city centre and we visited the old city of Hoi An. OMG, this place is beautiful, I felt like this was a holiday within our year trip. It was quite, lots of lanterns lit at night, warm and the reflection of the lights oe river that run through he city made I magical. We then had dinner at a restaurant recommended by Rough Guides.

RECOMMENDATION: Visit Hoi An it’s beautiful and also eat at Hong Phuc in the old city, the food we had was incredible. Julie and I had a fillet of snapper cooked banana leaf for 70.000 VND each (£2.20) and enjoyed a couple of glasses of Bia Noi beer with the meal.

Got back to the resort, watched Letters from Juliet and also The American with George Clooney, whilst it poured outside. Torrential rain. It’s been a good day.

En Francais

Poolside lunch - Hoi An, VietnamAujourdhui on reprend le meme train qui nous avait amene a hue pour aller jusqu’à Danang. Le paysage depuis ce train est grandiose, on longe l’océan!

On arrive a la gare de Danang et la on trouve facilement deux motards qui nous emmené jusqu’à notre hôtel a Hoi An, a trente kilomètres de la. On ne pensait pas qu’ils arriveraient a faire tenir nos sacs sur leur moto. Sur la route, mon motard me raconte un peu l’histoire du coin, en gros la guerre avec les americins a enormmeent chamboule la region. Ils sont toujours en train de deminer le terrain!

River through Hoi An, VietnamOn arrive a l’endroit qu’on a réserve et on n’en croit pas nos yeux: on a une vraie chambre d’hôtel avec vraie salle de bain, avec télé et chaines internationales et avec piscine! On déjeune a l’hôtel puis on se baigne un peu, ça fait un bien fou.

Ensuite on prend la navette gratuit de l’hôtel pour aller au centre ville, tout l’interet d’une visite a Hoi An.

C’est une petite ville super sympa avec trois rues classées au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco. On se baladeendant une heure et demie avant de s’arrêter a Hong Phuc pour dner. Dinner at Hong Phuc - Hoi An, VietnamOn choisit du poisson cuit dans une feuille de bananier avec sauce au citron et une Bia Hoi. C’est délicieux et pas cher du tout. Si vous passez a Hoi An, on vous recommande vivement cette adresse. C’est au bord de l’eau.

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  1. mousson louise
    3 October, 2011 at 6:49 am

    j’avoue que la moto est bien chargée…pas tres rassurant tt ça!mais ça doit être sympa a vivre !et ce train qui s’enfonce dans la nature waouhh…le voyage doit etre depaysant!en esperant que ca sente pas trop la bouffe dans le train

  2. Emma
    3 October, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Ca va toujours sous la pluie??
    Dommage pour la baie d’Along….. Mais bon il y a plein d’autres merveilles à découvrir.

    Julie, tu devrais mettre un pantalon et des baskets quand tu fais de la moto!!! C’est dangereux en short et tongues!!

    • 4 October, 2011 at 2:46 am

      Oui il pleut toujours, a tel point que Hoi An est inonde. On a fait du vélo dans l’eau hier soir!
      Je ne savais pas que j’allais faire de la moto sinon j’aurai pas porte ça. Je vais a Ho Chi Minh City en train aujourd’hui on part a 13h30 et on arrive a 5h00!!
      Vous aviez fait Hoi An?

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