HOI AN, “The Yang of Vietnam”
In all honesty, I am not sure if I can give Hoi An’s unique beauty a good description and justification. There’s just so many special things in this old town of Vietnam that will give you an intense feeling of calmness and serenity compared to the busy and motorbike-populated Ho Chi Minh (Saigon).
The Yin and Yang of Vietam as I put these two prenominal places into a methaphoric phrase, Ho Chi Minh being the Yin and Hoi An as the Yang. The Yin in symbolism is the shady north place while the Yang is the sunny south place. I equated the two not as opposing places but complimentary opposites. Ho Chi Minh is distinct in its own way with thousands of motorbikes running around the city, the busy street of Pham Ngu Lao where back-packers find refuge and, and the non-stop bartering in Binh Than Market. While on the other hand, Hoi An’s streets are being put to life by bicycle peddlers, the serene Japanese river bridge just right across Hai Ba Trung St. and Nguyen Thai Hoc, and the less-hustling souvenir shops in Nguyen Thi Minh Kai.
Hoi An, my 4th and third-to-the-last stop (Ho Chi Minh – Mui Ne – Nha Trang – Hoi An – Ha Noi-Halong) in Vietnam, a humble town where old but grand architecture lies and where rivers kiss the sunrise as early as four o’clock in the morning. Indeed you can feel the ethnicity of Vietnam’s beauty in this provincial land.
So let me show you Hoi An as I take a look of it’s beauty.
Hoi An will give you a certain feel of fusion of Vietnam’s neighboring country, Japan and China for here historically rest the Japanese Covered Bridge that se