Days 90, 91, 92 & 93 - Hai Van Pass and Hội An (as opposed to Hanoi)
To get to Hội An we fulfilled another of my #bucketlist
aspirations and travelled over the Hai Van Pass...made famous to me by the @bbc @topgear
special in 2008.
Ideally you would travel the Pass on a motorbike, somewhat impractical with 2 children and several backpacks, so we elected to go in a vintage Jeep with @roadtrippersvietnam - it was the right decision for us as there was torrential rain for most of the day!!
Two outstanding memories for me: firstly we stopped at “Mausoleum City” - unique in Vietnam, and perhaps the world, as a place where every individual in the village has built a final resting place and place of faith for themselves and their descendants. It was colourful, crazy, inspiring, and an assault on the senses while remaining kind of peaceful...I doubt I’ll ever forget it.
The second was descending the Hai Van Pass and seeing the twisting, turning, hairpins that lead down to sea level. It warmed my heart and I was happy to ✅ it off.
Vietnam seems to be chock full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Hội An is another on that list
Old Town Hội An, the city's historic district, is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century, its buildings and street plan reflecting a blend of indigenous and foreign influences. Prominent in the city's old town, is its covered “Japanese Bridge”, dating to the 16th-17th century.
Hội An is also famous for its lanterns and we really enjoyed walking around the Old Town in the evening with our way lit by thousands of multi-coloured lanterns. It was magical.