As part of our two-week holiday in Vietnam, We stayed in Hoi An for a week and it was amazing.
It was a lovely town and wish I was able to stay another week there.
We stayed in the Sunshine Hotel the first two nights which had a lovely large room. The hotel looked quite new so I imagine it was only built in the last few years. for the remaining four nights we wanted to stay near a beach so we stayed at the Boutique Hotel Hoi An. It was a beautiful Hotel, one of the best I have ever stayed in. It had an amazing swimming pool and had its own beach which was fabulous. The staff were friendly and the service was excellent.
My son Holy Land
While we were in Hoi An we went on a day trip to My Son Holy Land. It is an array of Hindu temples which were built in the 13th and 14 centuries. Unfortunately, a lot of the temples were destroyed during the Vietnam war. I must say the tour guide was excellent and very funny. It was really interesting to hear the history from a local and his point of view on the Vietnam war.
During our trip, we also visited a local carpentry workshop where we saw them make crafts and boats for the local fisherman
Hoi An is well known for its tailoring. We got clothes tailor-made with Miss Forget-me-not who was very good and very friendly service.
Although you will get clothes for a lot cheaper it did take a good deal of time to get them done. I had to go for four fittings before they were compleated. This took time out of my holiday which I could have been exploring more of the town or relaxing on the beach.
If you are planning on buying anything in Hoi An make sure you bargain with the shopkeeper. Here is a handy guide on how to do this
During our visit, there was a Full Moon Lantern Festival where they turned off all the lights in the town and all that was lightning were lanterns. They also had different lights in the water and different performances throughout the town. If you can work your trip around this event I would recommend it. They have Full Moon Lantern Festivals at different times of the year however when I was there in August it coincided with a Buddhist celebration so it was extra special.
Where to eat
The food in Hoi An was amazing and all the restaurants I went to had delicious food and a great atmosphere.
The restaurants we went to in Hoi An are as follows:
The Cargo Club – Delicious Vietnamese and European food
Morning Glory Restaurant – my favourite restaurant, their pancake starters are to die for.
Good Morning Vietnam – good for Pizza and Italian food
The 3 Dragons– really nice sports bar. We watched an Irish rugby match which wasn’t scheduled on the TV. The manager is really nice and will do his best to get whatever match your looking for. We also got burgers there which were tasty.
Hoi An was an enjoyable place to visit and was the nicest town we stayed in while we were in Vietnam. Make sure this is on your itinerary when you are planning your travels to this wonderful country.
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