Somewhere, around the middle of Vietnam is a town on a river that attracts more than its fair share of attention…

Hoi An, once known as Faifo, with more than 2,000 years history, was the principal port of the Cham Kingdom, which controlled the strategic spice trade with Indonesia from the 7th to the 10th century and was a major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries – and the foreign influences are discernible to this day.

We come to Hoi An for the food. It’s amazing! It’s not only the variety, but the care and love that’s put into it. Starting our trip in the north (especially Sapa), the food was not inspiring – but down in Central Vietnam, they live for food and a half day food tour with Neville, an Australian guide – only reinforced our suspicions!

Hoi An is also very photogenic with lanterns, floating candles and French colonial buildings. The streets are devoid of traffic much of the day but of course, there are heaps of tourists…

In Saigon now – somewhere normal we can’t really be bothered taking photos. See you on the next trip…

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