Time travel on the Thu Bon River in Hoi An, Vietnam

If we had to do it over again, we might not visit Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An, Vietnam during the month of April.  If Bangkok was an oven, Vietnam was definitely the fire.

Extreme temperatures aside, we loved the beautiful, ancient town of Hoi An located 30 kilometres south of Danang. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Hoi An was a major trading center in Southeast Asia during the 16th century. The town has a distinctly Chinese feeling with low, tile-roofed houses and narrow streets; it was easy for us to imagine what life would have been like hundreds of years ago.

We have encountered the feeling of being transported back in time only a handful of times including trips to: San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca in Mexico and the Cinque Terre and the Hill Towns of Tuscany in Italy. Also Versailles. Definitely Versailles.  I’m a huge fan of travel that provides a journey through time.

Western tourists flock to Hoi An seeking goodies from the famous tailors and many artisans.  We came home with a number of articles of new clothing including a suit for DP, a couple of very cool lanterns and some beautiful paintings.

We flew from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) with Air Asia and then took a short Vietnam Airlines flight to Danang.  We spent four nights in Hoi An which was the right amount of time to chill out, eat delicious meals and have fitted clothing made.

For more Friday photos, head on over to Deb Dubrow’s blog Delicious Baby.

What travel destinations have taken you back in time?


  1. @NicoleIt was really peaceful. The interesting thing was that I took this photo from downtown Hoi An. Thanks for your comment.@AnnaCongrats on your first Photo Friday post over at Delicious Baby. Welcome and thanks for visiting!@Amy @ The Family QIt was a simple week. We moved slowly. We lingered over meals made with amazing, fresh ingredients. We dined by candlelight. Lovely.@WanderlusterWow! You are a Vietnam expert. I am glad that I could transport you back for a few minutes.

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