Over Chinese New Year, we packed our bags and headed to Vietnam for the week with our friends Frank, Kristin, and their sweet pea, Lennon.
We stayed in Ho Chi Minh for two nights and then headed to Hoi An for the remainder of the break, where we also met Kurt's parents.
We loved it so much, we're already planning on our next trip back!
In Hoi An, we stayed in a seaside fishing village outside of town.
It was magical.
I honestly felt like we were on a movie set, or at Epcot... except, it was real life, which made it surreal! Everyone had such unique houses. I loved that the villagers kept their doors and windows open, so nosy people like me can peek in. Everyone in the village was extremely sweet and friendly.
On a daily basis, strangers would run up to Sawyer and talk to him, gently tug on him, offer to hold him, and even kiss him! There was so much life in the village. We were there during the Vietnamese New Year holiday, Tet, so it was fun to see all of the celebrating that took place... Even the "karaoke" down the road from our villa (aka speakers blaring the same man chanting for hours on end)
Poor Sawyer got an icky cough near the end of our trip, so it put us out of commission for a couple of days. We ended up taking him to a clinic about 30 minutes away to make sure it wasn't anything serious. Happy to report that he is back to his normal goofy self :)
A dragon dance outside of our hotel in Ho Chi Minh
At the Vietnam War Museum, this definitely made my heart heavy.
A local market down the road from our villa in Hoi An
The road leading to our villa
Sawyer was mesmerized by the ocean
Dinner at a restaurant that gets the veggies fresh from their beautiful garden (behind us)
Loved the style of houses, beautiful woodwork and colors
Downtown Hoi An
Temple with Kurt's parents
Incense burning in a beer can
Water buffalo (picture via my mother in-law).
...Until we meet again Vietnam!