Located midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) the port of Da Nang is Vietnam’s third largest city. Established in the second century it was once the centre of the India influenced Champa Kingdom and is home to the world’s largest collection of Cham art and artefacts.
South of Da Nang is the historic town of old Hoi An, an UNESCO World heritage Site, that has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. Hoi An’s narrow streets are lined with well preserved architecture that gives the centuries old town a wonderfully quaint atmosphere.
We caught the shuttle bus into the centre of town near the Han market at 09.15 but I didn’t like the area and you couldn’t walk on the pavements as they were covered with parked motorbikes so we had to keep stepping out into the road which to put it mildly was taking your life into your own hands…so we just grabbed a fridge magnet for assistant cruise director Michelle, who wasn’t able to get ashore today, and then caught the same shuttle back at 10.00 arriving at the ship about 10.15…so in and out in about one hour…duh!!
Also I forgot to take the camera…blonde moment…not that there was much to see. But I did take some photos later of the atmospheric scenery…what Vance calls my artistic moments.
Got back just in time to catch a crew safety drill…this time they were deploying an inflatable life raft on the dock which was very informative to see happen…a huge raft emerging from its tiny pod.