Hoi An... famous for its lanterns...
...and food. These being fridge magnet renditions of various Hoi An favourites.
Lunch at the Nữ Eatery soon after arrival. I loved their grilled pineapple and watermelon salad, and Amy...
...Amy found the pumpkin soup quite divine.
Uyen bargaining with a fruit seller. Here it was just to warm up. When shopping later she consistently got vendors down 50-70%.
Cao Lau, one of my favorite Vietnamese dishes, originating from Hoi An. The pickled shallots were an interesting differentiator of this implementation.
Cao Lau and Mi Quang may be the native noodle dishes in the Hoi An and Danang area, but Phở is ubiquitous in Vietnam.
Evening romance on the river.
And they weren't alone!
He is loading some preserved baby crabs into that jar. I don't know how they are preserved, but they keep for a few weeks.
A couple of domestic stories going on here.
Hoi An portrait.
This Fagan-like character was playing at one of the more well known Hoi An restaurants - Mango Mango. His French sogs were great, and he did Johnny Cash proud as well.
The reality of the Hoi An Old Quarter in the evenings. This is a major tourist spot.
More Hoi An night time street life.
Off on a trip into the hills in a Jeep.
I would rather have been on a motorcycle, but this was a way better way to see the countryside than from a car or bus.
Looking up, inside a Cham temple.
Looking out from the Cham temple.
The sun was sufficiently intense that an umbrella and hat were necessary accessories.
Hill 55, where thousands of French, Americans, and Vietnamese had died defending this strategic hill to the west of Danang.
Our transport awaits.
Encountering security at the home of the past King of the K'Tu people.
We became friends.
The past King of the K'Tu people (from the highlands to the west of Danang). I met him on a motorcycle trip 5 years ago and he is still going strong in his 90's. We bought a few bottles of his homemade ginseng and rice wine.
A little of the King's past on his living room wall.