Hoi An town is a exceptionally well preserved placed, filled with a mix of Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and European architecture charm. It is one place not to be missed whilst on a visit to Vietnam. With silk lanterns, rice fields and beautiful old buildings its a hertiage site which will touch your heart.
Flying directly from Ho Chin Minh City we arrived into Da nang airport. Hoi An doesnt have its own airport or train station. So catching a 45 minute taxi from the neighbouring town is the most convient way to access this charmed town.
We have booked to stay 4 nights in Hoi An, in a newly built homestay just outside of the main area. Our first impressions, of Hoi An were very postitive, coming from a very busy city filled with vechicles. It was nice to step away from the hectic city life and experience a more slower pace of life.
We recieved a warm welcome at Golden Bee homestay, ran by a family with a cute little dog called Wing. They provided us with free breakfast, towels and bicycles whilst staying there. Its a fresh clean modern place and they are really willing to help you out in any possible way. We even provided aerial footage from our drone whilst there.
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On foot we explored what the town had to offer, discovering a great street full of low priced resturants. We decided to sample some vietnam coffee, Can Lau and wontons Hoi An tradtional dishes. The coffee especially soon became a daily addiction.
I can see why Hoi An is famous for its food. Cooking classes are also on offer in many resturants. This was something I would of love to have experienced and would be a reason to go back.
Strolling through the old quarter, the evenings are the best time ti visit. Your eyes will be wandering everywhere. With affordable tailor and craft shops. You can definately get your hands on some great bargains. Just before dusk, the lanterns slowly come on, giving the town a real graceful feel. Along the Thu bon river front, many old ladies were offering boat trips for extreme prices aswell as small paper lanterns to place on the river. It was just blissful to walk along the river and admire the elegant lamps illunating.
An easy bike ride you can reach Hoi Ans beach An bang, unfortunately we had arrived midday, only making us turn around and cycle away due to the mass of people on the beach. But we soon discovered access a little further north to a quiet area on the beach.
We also spent a lovely day cycling along the rice fields, it was interesting seeing the locals doing their work in the fields, no matter what the weather is like.
Hoi An is a great place to visit, rich in character and great food, it has to be on your list of places.