Woke up early this morning to bright blue skies and sea views in Danang. Our hotel has an infinity pool on the roof, so we went up before breakfast for a dip. Danang is the third largest city in Vietnam, and is a popular destination for Vietnamese people to holiday it looks like it will be growing massively over the next few years with so many luxury hotel developments being built along the seafront.
Our time at the Queen’s Finger was short, just an over night stay before we got picked up at 11am for the drive along the coast to Hoi An.
Our journey took around 30minutes after which we arrived in Tra Que village and our hotel for the next 4 nights Christina’s. We received a really warm welcome from the staff, and were shown around the beautiful riverside location. Our room is stunning, definitely the nicest place we have stayed so far.. with two balconies, a sofa and luxury bathroom which is really styled to our taste. We chilled out for the afternoon and ate lunch at the hotel.. Ryan tried a local speciality which was Cau Dau noodles with pork and I had a beef noodle dish both were really tasty.
Ang Bang beach is around a 7 minute bike ride from our hotel, we have free bicycles to use during our stay so rode down to the beach to spend a couple of hours on the sand. The beach has views of Danang to the east and the Cham Islands on the horizon. The sea is much rougher here than in halong bay, so it was quite hard to swim but we enjoyed jumping over the waves.
As the sunset we headed back to our hotel, we had planned to have restful day, but as usual we packed the day full of activities and instead cycled around 20minutes into Hoi An town centre. We cycled in the dark which was a bit precarious but we made it safely to the popular and historic town. With the French, Japanese and Chinese inspired architecture, coloured lanterns and riverside setting it was easy to see why so many people fall in love with Hoi An. There was live music on the streets, a night market, leather and tailoring shops, and many restaurants.
We chose to eat at Red Gecko a little family run restaurant, we ate BBQd prawns and a lemongrass and chilli beef dish. Then continued to explore the town, then stopping for a Larue at a riverside bar. A lovely evening spent in the town, followed by another moonlight cycle back to the hotel.