Almanity Resort. HoiAn. Vietnam.
I do know it will be beautiful in HoiAn town, once I summon up the energy to leave Almanity Well-being Resort. The first day of the year, and I’ve blissed out on yoga, swimming, bamboo massage, sauna and steam, and luxurious oils that promise to re-energise, balance, calm, detoxify, soothe and centre. I imagine the detoxify might work,had I not just pigged out on macaroons, chocolate brownie and lemon meringue pie left overs from last night’s New Year’s Eve Gala Feast.
And what a gala. We had forgotten that we had been booked into the Almanity’s compulsory (I imagine they mean complimentary) NYE celebrations. I began my day in Hue in my PJs, and ended my day in HoiAn celebrating wearing same PJs, but augmented with a yellow sateen halter top fashioned from one of the pretty dining chair bows. And a lot happened in between. A smelly 4 hour journey on an old sleeper bus with 40 backpackers to get us from Hue to Hoi An. We were the oldest travellers, and the only people not back packing, but guess who got packed into the back, right next to the toilet? And then one hour after arriving in Hoi An, in true Cinderella style , I got to go to the ball, where every Asian and European food you could imagine was on offer, except for Banh Mi.
Banh Mi is a street food. A sandwich, and is apparently Vietnam’s favourite local’s food and export. Pickled carrots/cucumber, daikon, savoury pork and all the trimmings. But I’d recommend something a little more contemporary and original. Why not try the ‘Hue to Hoi An Tan Pyjama Sandwich. It gets my vote, every time.