Hoi An is my favorite place in Vietnam and I was looking forward to this stop on the cruise. Our tour guide was relatively young and seemed eager to practice his English. Throughout the tour, he asked me the English word for various things, for example mermaid. I hope I did not mess up his vocabulary.
Hoi An has not changed much since my last visit – it’s a charming town that successfully retained its roots as a 15th century trading port. Due to the time constraints of having to be back on our ship by 5:00 pm, we did not get a chance to see Hoi An at its best which I think is late afternoon into the evening when the streets are lit up by the hundreds of lanterns strung above and the river is alive with illuminated floats and small lanterns carrying wishes of those who placed on the river.
We did explore the streets in the morning and haggled with shopkeepers for souvenirs. Since prices are still cheap, you’re arguing over a few dollars at most but it’s a game that shopkeepers like to play and allows tourists to feel that they really scored a bargain.