Hoi An Scene

Hoi An Scene

Our itinerary for Vietnam, ably planned by Exotissimo, a local travel agency since renamed EXO,  included:

  • Ho Chi Minh City, Caravelle Hotel
  • Hoi An, Life Resort Hoi An
  • Hué, La Résidence
  • Halong Bay Cruise, Emeraude/Bhaya
  • Hanoi, Sofitel Metropole, a magnificent colonial hotel


Highlights of our trip included:

  • Hoi An, with its 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, colorful market, Hong Phong Old House
    • Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century
  • Three-hour cruise on the Thu Bon River with stops at Thanh Ha pottery village and Kim Bong carpenters’ village
  • Hué, Thien Mu Pagoda
    • Complex of Hué Monuments, UNESCO World Heritage Site (see introductory photo, above);  located in and around Hué City in Thua Thien-Hué Province in the geographical centre of Vietnam and with easy access to the sea
  • Hanoi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. with wooden ethnic minority style house he lived in 1954-1969
    • West Lake
    • Tran Quoc, one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi
    • Quan Thanh, Taoist temple dating from the Ly Dynasty
    • Hanoi’s Old Quarter, known as “36 Streets”
    • Army Museum, with displays depicting the Vietnam War
    • Water Puppet Show (see photos below)
  • Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  overnight cruise on The Emeraude, a classic replica steamship of the colonial era, view of beautiful limestone rock formations


  • Wonderful places to shop:



Colorful Brooms, Hue


Antique Water Puppet, 54 Traditions Gallery, Hanoi


Water Puppet Show, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, Hanoi

Water Puppet Show, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Hanoi



Selling Wares to Passengers on Boat in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site


Street Scene, Hoi An


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