3 years married
We still can’t believe we have been married for 3 years! 3 YEARS! This feels like a dream!
I mean, it has been mostly great and “adventurous” as some might say, but there have been times we want to rip out each others’ heads! So we pretty much have a “well-balanced” marriage LOL!
Anyhoo, I know I have been quiet lately due to a bloody hectic schedule, I thought I’d share some pictures we took on this wonderful trip and of course, some travel tips!
Hoi An, Vietnam
We stayed in Hoi An for a total of 5 nights and 6 days, and this what went down:
The beautiful and magnificent structures in the Ancient City of Hoi An.
The town comprises a well-preserved complex of 1,107 timber frame buildings, with brick or wooden walls, which include architectural monuments, commercial and domestic vernacular structures, notably an open market and a ferry quay, and religious buildings such as pagodas and family cult houses. The houses are tiled and the wooden components are carved with traditional motifs. They are arranged side-by-side in tight, unbroken rows along narrow pedestrian streets.
Our little boutique villa – the Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa – was (we think) the best choice we made for our 6 day stay. This lovely resort is set in a tranquil garden surroundings and has a peaceful ambience. The rooms are spacious, clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated.
Your trip is incomplete without taking a million pictures at these mustardy yellow walls that are everywhere inside and outside the Ancient city!
It will amaze you that when you search for the “best Banh Mi in Vietnam” or the “best Banh Mi in the world, Google will direct you to this place – Banh Mi Phuong – Made famous by the late Anthony Bourdain, who claimed that the Banh Mi served here is a symphony in a sandwich, we had to give this place a try!
Tender, caramelised pork and slices of creamy pate, sandwiched in a crusty baguette with the crunch of salad, a spicy sauce and a sweet-salty mix of Vietnamese flavours I’d never experienced before, it really was a taste sensation!
We had dinner at all of the 3 Morning Glory restaurant branches because we loved it so much!! Just look at that yummy goodness!! The Lemongrass chicken skewers were to die for! As usual, we had to ask for extra spiciness, and to our surprise, they had a very tasty shrimp-y “sambal” that gave that kick! Guess who asked for an extra bowl of Vietnamese “sambal”?
It’s such a pity that we only discovered the best place for Com Ga – Vietnamese version of chicken rice – on the second last day! Such a plain-looking dish, but don’t let it fool you. This dish is packed with flavors and we loved every single bite we took!
Took us a while to get adjusted, but we got the hang of riding these bikes very quickly. BUT since we already rented a bike, we ditched the idea of riding the bicycles around!
We also visited the Marble Mountain in Da Nang, about 45 minutes bike ride from Hoi An. The mountains are comprised of five limestone hills from the surrounding village, each riddled with caves and grottos, with some made into pagodas and shrines. The top offers spectacular views of Da Nang and the surrounding mountains. A better vantage point is reached through a small hole at the top Heaven’s cave, with the views including Non Nuoc beach, the Son Tra Peninsula and Cham Islands. But we were sooooo tired that day after a dauntingly long journey to and back from the Hai Van Pass that we gave up halfway. Off we went back to the hotel.