I’ve been in London for 1 month now without taking a flight… I am getting a bit fidgety and am reminiscing on my trip in Vietnam.
This is my second post about Hoi An… I could talk about this place forever. There is so much to do here, and so here is my account of my short trip there..
New Years Day- woke up not feeling so fresh after last nights antics! The light is hurting my eyes! Took a private car from Da Nang with Mr Bean cars. Only costed $18 and we got a great driver and car.
We stopped off at Marble Mountain en route, and enjoyed the pagodas and caves at the top. Definitely worth a short stop when travelling to Hoi An from Da Nang.
In Da Nang I missed seeing the huge Lady Buddha.. But I could see it in the distance towering over the place! Hopefully I can go there on another trip!
It took about an hour to get there- the roads were totally fine and we enjoyed looking at the huge hotels on the coastline as we went through Da Nang.
Arrive in Hoi An, and checked into the AMAZING hotel- Hoi An holiday villa. (See my review on this place)
From here we went straight to the beach via the fruit & vegetable farms. We didn’t have enough time for a class and so we were welcomed to walk around and enjoy the place for ourselves.
From here we walked to the beach- they kept saying it was 400m but took us at least 30mins to get there! But a beautiful walk none the less… Hoi An has a lot of tourists so we found we saw more travellers than locals!
Arrive at An Dang beach– cue rainfall! LOL! Had some awful pizza to pass the time- it was edible but really not that nice! So a couple of cocktails filled me up instead!
The fishermen boats on the beach were pretty cool.. And taking a stroll on the beach in getting your feet wet in the sea is always fun. I wouldn’t say this beach is anything outstanding- if you really want the sand & sea you can make a trip here- but its just like any beach.. Hoi An town has so much more to offer in my opinion!
Still suffering from last nights antics- a nap is in order!
Wake up and its starting to get dark so I quickly get ready and make our way over to the Hoi An Ancient Town.
Wow!!!! The whole place is lit in lanterns- this place is like a fairytale. Im immediately in love and decide this place deserves a good shopping experience so I spent a good couple of hours buying all sorts of rubbish and souvenirs for myself. friends & fam. Again- no one hassles you, as long as you smile and laugh they are all smiling back at you! Man i love this place- but there’s only so many lanterns, vases, chopsticks and paintings I can buy. When I buy a house- ill be going back to this market!
Dinner was then a couple of streets away at Ganesh. OMG this is amazing Indian food… i did think if maybe I was back at home eating mums food everyday I’d be more critical. But honestly this place was so good I ate here twice in 24hours! See my review here:
Bellies full, its time to walk off that extra naan bread.. So we walk around the place, check out the Japanese Bridge at night (so beautiful but a LOT of rats nearby which was so scary!)
The bars are busy and playing a mix of music.. So we decide to go in and enjoy a new years day drink (again!) here is my dilemma: should I buy 1 drink and get 2 free OR pay $5 and have unlimited free drinks all night?? I couldn’t decide so I was told I can go to the bar, have a free drink and check the place out whilst I made up my mind!! Once I saw what these free drinks were I decided against this particular place (!) and carried on with my walk!
Soon it was time to head back to the hotel and get recharged for tomorrow!
Wake up to a GORGEOUS day.. And started to visit the Old Houses, Japanese Bridge and the many temples of Hoi An. Just get to the Ancient Town and you can buy a ticket for $1 that allows you into 5 places. The town gets busy from mid morning so I recommend an early start so you can enjoy the place without crowds.
The temples and Old Houses were very interesting to see- each quite different from the other. (You end up seeing many more than 5 as many as free to enter or you pay separately).. It was great to see the many coffee and tea houses.. This place just oozes charm and character. Ive never been anywhere like it.
Grabbed a taxi and went to the Thanh Ha pottery village. We were short on time so we didn’t spend as much time as we’d have liked here (or anywhere in Hoi An- I could easily spend a week and not be short on things to see!).
Then we went to make our own pottery too! I made a pot- I was expecting a real ‘ghost’ moment but instead watched the lady in awe as she operated the pottery wheel with her feet!! Imagine doing that ALL DAY?? Man this lady is seriously fit!!!
We walked around and then eventually found our way out (picked up the free souvenir en route!)… There were NO taxis to be seen!! All the tourists tend to rent bikes for their stay and so everyone turns up on these.
I didnt have time for bikes so heavily relied on taxis- but there were NONE!! Eventually I went into a barbers shop and asked the barber if he could phone one for me- and so he did!!
Sadly my trip to Hoi An has come to an end. Check out of the hotel and get into my private car to drive to Phu Loc which is about a 2 hour drive to Vedana Lodge. My driver is Lan- and the best person I met on this entire trip. See my post about Lan, and be sure to use him for your trip too- you won’t be disappointed!
Of course I can’t leave Hoi An without doing a quick stop at Ganesh before I leave! YUM!!
Any questions about Hoi An? I’d be happy to help!