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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ha An Hotel

I’m from Vegas, the land of supposedly top-of-the-line hospitality training, so I was a bit surprised to discover how much Vietnamese hospitality superseded my first-class destination home.  Maybe it’s the developing world ambition, maybe it’s the Vietnamese work ethic, but I’ve never been treated with better service in my gypsy life.  And that’s a whole lot to admit for someone who calls hotels her second home.

Hoi An was my third stop in Vietnam, so I’ve been quite spoiled by the time we arrived at Ha An Hotel.  We had been picked up in Hue by the staff of Ha An, and our driver was so sweet and friendly, stopping the car on the drive over the Hai Van pass whenever my little photographer’s heart desired.

Ha An is the epitome of quaint and charming, a perfect fit for that romantic town.  Framed by the gorgeous courtyard and surrounded with a lush landscape, peppered with hammocks to indulge lazy afternoons, you’re immediately enamored at first arrival.  The rooms are very small but what they lack in size, they make up in the dreamy access of the balcony access that overlooks the courtyard.  The location is wonderful, literally steps from the old town, but far enough from the tourists.  There are bikes for you to use if you feel like venturing to the beach or the rice fields.

The only advice I would give for improvement is to bring a scented candle.  The plumbing system of the hotel must be old, so our bathroom constantly smelled terrible.  This was quite unpleasant, and should be fixed by the hotel.  In the meantime, a quick fix could be the Diptyque travel candles, a bit of French classic perfumerie in your Asia journey.

{I’m wearing satin pajamas from Victoria’s Secret}

Japanese bridge

The graceful curve of an aging Japanese bridge is nothing short of pure art.  Form, function, spiritual significance – there is so much thought and consideration that infuses every detail of these Zen-inspired bridges.




The Mr. loves Japanese architecture and insisted I stood for some photos on the beautiful Japanese bridge in old town Hoi An.  It was a very warm day, the air hung still on the bridge, adding an even more contemplative atmosphere to the classic design.  We silently observed the colorful history and nations that have left their mark on this small town, and felt grateful for the gorgeous relics they left behind.

Zara blouse & boots | Madewell skirt | vintage belt | Anthropologie necklace | Long Champ travel tote

Vietnam: chapter 3 – hoi an. part 3.

My timid heart had fully surrendered to the charming town by the last light of the lingering afternoon, but I had no idea what Hoi An had in store for me.  Nights in Hoi An perhaps hold the most amount of romance of any place this restless gypsy has ever been.  From the gorgeous sidewalks to the busy marketplace, silk lanterns light up the evenings with the old town’s serene spirit.  We strolled tirelessly all the nights we were there, happily observing the soul of Hoi An settle in our hearts, and hoping to keep it there long past our trip.



for more photos of Hoi An, you can see the rest of my travel journal here:
chapter 1
chapter 2

a day for roses


happy valentine’s day

“but he who dares not grasp the thorns should never crave the rose”
~ anne bronte