Hoi An is a small, well preserved ancient city on the central coast of Vietnam. I felt like I was stepping back in time when I walked through the town, lanterns everywhere, small shops, and lovely locals. This little city is my favourite place in Vietnam.
As there are so many different reasons for falling in love with this little city, I’ll tell you briefly. If you want to know more about them there are separate articles for most of them, with the links in this post.
Jeannie and I went on excursions because we wanted to see as much of this little city as possible in the short time we had there. If we could have stayed more than 4 nights we definitely would have done!
The excursions were:
- A sunrise photography tour
- Make-your-own lantern
- A farm, fishing and cooking experience as well as a local experience at Impressive Farm.
In the evenings you can easily pass hours by walking through the old town visiting the many little shops. You may have seen the episode on Top Gear where they drive South to North Vietnam and stop off in Hoi An to get some clothes hand-made just for them (if not, then watch it- It’s hilarious!). Hoi An is famous for its very well made tailored-to-you clothing and shoes. I had my own silk PJ’s made just for me whilst here! Two pairs of silk shorts and strappy top PJ’s cost me £35.00 for both, I was not disappointed! Now at home, I wouldn’t usually spend much on PJ’s but these were so comfortable and literally made for me! I still wear them now.
There are lots of little cafes and restaurants, visitors are spoilt for choice! My recommendation is to stick to the local food, you can eat pasta and pizza anywhere in the world.
The ancient tradition of lighting paper lanterns and letting them float away down the river next to the night market is a must do too! This happens every evening as the sun sets.
I hope that once you have read about my experiences of this beautiful old city, you are inspired to add it to your trip. It really is such a beautiful place to see. The locals are incredibly friendly and can’t do any more to make you feel welcome. Hoi An is an ancient city but is bursting with fellow travellers and the odd honeymoon couple.