We got to Hoi An, a city with a beautiful French-inspired old town listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, by a sleeper train from Ninh Binh.
Not-so-beautiful sleeper train
Beautiful Hoi An
The French heritage is still there in the form of architecture and bakeries, the latter the firm favourite of a certain ginger. Hoi An is also, for some reason, home to hundreds of tailors - you can get a pretty descent custom made shirt for a tenner and I ended up getting five...
French heritage in Hoi An
Just a few kilometres away from the city of Hoi An is China Beach, 30 km of sandy beach previously favoured as a recreational beach by the Americans during the Vietnam War (and featured in for instance Apocalypse Now). Just after we arrived, an Australian couple ere leaving their all-paid-for sun lounges at their 4* hotel and kindly offered them to us. The afternoon was spent reading in the shade and swimming in the China sea.
China Beach just next to Hoi An
Next on our list is Mui Ne, a small town with many resorts and a long, long beach.