A few years ago we were lucky enough to visit Vietnam, Cambodia and Hong Kong. A popular combo for travellers looking to explore South East Asia.
One of the towns on our trip was Hoi An. It was without a doubt one of the loveliest places that I’ve ever been. It’s hot, and humid but extremely magical.
Global Occasion’s 5 Things to do in Hoi An:
- Rent a bicycle. We rented ours for only US $3 a day and got to ride around this lovely town all day long. It’s by far the best way to get around. Don’t worry about falling, you really can’t go fast as there are dozens of scooters and other cyclists around you at all time. Remember to keep your eyes on the road for fellow travellers and enjoy!
- Visit the Japanese bridge. Yes, it’s a typical touristy site, but sometimes you just have to give in. There is something so charming about this bridge constructed in the 1590’s. Take note, that you have to pay to walk onto the bridge. We decided to skip this option and just enjoy from the outside.
- Make a suit and MAYBE a dress. After visiting many tailor shops, we soon realised that there were only a few shops that make something unique. Do yourself a favour, and DON’T just go into the first shop and place your order. No matter how tempting it may be and how rushed you are. Some of the shops are actually pretty commercial and overpriced. We settled on $100 for a suit, and $20 for shirts, which was very fair. The guys went total shopping mode, while the lad, on the other hand, struggled a bit more. Make sure that you look for quality and something a little different to the rest, isn’t that the point of getting something tailor made? You want to come back home and have something that stands out because it was tailor made. Remember, the tailors work hard, and as much as we can recommend bargaining for a good price your goal should not be to haggle people. They deserve a fair price for hand-making these clothes in 1 day!
- Apocalypse Now. After a hot day, you are going to need a drink! This bar is relaxed with a rock-edge. Great music, and while it’s not exactly a local hangout. it’s not too touristy either. Just a side note, don’t disrespect the locals and the history of this gorgeous town. You may be in the mood to party, but just take a second to realise where you are and that the town has so much more to offer than partying.
- Venture out of town. After finding out about an old bunker from our tour guide, three of us decided to venture off the tourist path with our bicycles, and away from the main town. We cycled were we weren’t suppose to, drove past schools and saw little kids singing and just being cute. We managed to see a glimpse of the old bunker before being told to move along.
There are of course a ton of other things to do in the lovely town of Hoi An, like taking a Cooking Class (we went to Morning Glory), visiting a tea house and going to the beach. So if you are in charge of your itinerary try to spend at least 3 full days and 2 nights in Hoi An. Be mindful of the weather when booking your trip to Vietnam.
Hope you get to enjoy this idyllic town soon!