Last October I spent my last leaving days from work in Vietnam. I was very busy so I did´t have any time at all to do any research, I just booked a group trip with Intrepid Travel and left. Surprisingly I fell in love with Vietnam right after I arrived (I´m the biggest South America fan and never fancied Asia before).
I loved all the stops on the tour, Vietnam is a beautiful and very safe country. Anyways, Hoi An was my favorite part. It´s a delightful, charming, historic little town. No crazy traffic like in other vietnamese cities, just an easygoing place.
Usually I don´t like places, which are very touristy. Hoi An is different; of course there are main roads which are filled with tourists, there are lots of shops for tourists, tons of nice restaurants (a culinary mecca), cafés, bars. Still, it´s very charming and has plenty of lovely old houses. People are very nice and reserved, nothing is stressfull. It´s a place to stay longer, unfortunately we only had two nights there.
On day 2 I left the hotel by 6 a.m. and got to see the real Hoi An with all the fishing boats coming in to sell their catches of the day. The fish and food market is very busy in the morning, all the chefs of the restaurants go there to shop the needs for the day. I was lucky, I was the only tourist there mixing with the locals and I enjoyed it a lot. Unfortunately I couldn´t take a lot of photos that morning because it was so humid, that my lens fogged up really badly.
After breakfast I rented a bike for the rest of the day and got out of town. I biked through little villages and rice fields until I got to a beautiful beach, where I spent some time and had my favorite lunch at a tiny little restaurant: shrimp spring rolls with a fresh pineapple juice and a strong, iced vietnamese coffee. Paradise :o).
I love places where you feel very safe and relaxed and where I have a lot of photo opportunities. Hoi An is full of them…there is lots of yellow, which makes it very friendly.
Here are a few impressions of my stay there. How could you not like it?