Everything on living in Hoi An after almost 6 months here.This post started out as a bit of a whinge about how dull it was sitting still for a couple of months but in our second month, after starting this post in the wee small hours, we went out for breakfast and a bike ride and I found myself falling under a car. Being alive and content in an ultra-charming little … [Read more...]
Hoi An is a beautiful UNESCO listed town in central Vietnam. We lived in Hoi An for 6 months, so we have a lot of blog posts relating to Hoi An and Vietnam.
Hoi An is hugely popular with holiday makers as well as long term travellers and digital niomads. Find information here on living in and holidaying in Hoi An. Things to do, places to see and travel to and from Hoi An.
The video below is from the Hoi An floods, which we were there for. Full post on what that was like and when and why it happens, below.
One of the best things I did during our 6 months in Hoi An Vietnam, was find a morning for myself to take a Hoi An photo tour with Pieter. Pieter runs Hoi An Photo Walks - Now renamed Photo Voyager - and we already knew him socially through our running in Hoi An, he is behind Hoi An Hash House Harriers. I tagged along for a morning of photography in Hoi An Old Town. … [Read more...]
Hoi An is a magical little town on the coast in central Vietnam and we enjoyed 6 months there with our kids. Famous for its UNESCO listed Old Town, tailors' shops and monthly full moon lantern festival, it also has long sandy beaches and 5 star resorts. It attracts family holiday makers in large numbers. They visibly out-number backpackers these days and a lot of families with … [Read more...]
The kumquats and flowers of Tet were just one of the highlights and interesting happenings during our 6 months living in Hoi An. Tet is a huge festival, Lunar New Year, and it was a privilege to be in Vietnam at this special time. Kumquats play a starring roll in the Tet festivities and Hoi An started getting in the mood for New Year around the time of The Kumquat … [Read more...]
We've been seeing amazing images in galleries around town of picturesque Vietnamese women paddling canoes and sampans through Hoi An's incredibly ancient laneways but we didn't really expect to be here to experience the Hoi An floods for ourselves. The day before yesterday ( 3rd November) we heard that local officials announced the flood gates up-river from us would be opened … [Read more...]
The menu just said banh xeo, Vietnamese pancakes. We ordered them innocent and unexpecting with no idea what would be delivered to our table. We were in Hoi An, a city in central Vietnam famous for good food so we figured, as we had 3 months to spend in Vietnam, that we should try every item on the menu. Our first banh xeo had us hooked. At least one of our family has eaten … [Read more...]
Hoi An is famous as a food lovers' destination with many local specialities to eat. The Vietnamese food here is superb but there are also some great Western, Asian and Western / Asian fusion restaurants to try. What to eat in Hoi An, after trying ( almost) every dish and every restaurant over 5 months. Every day we've eaten out at restaurants, street stalls, hotels and cafes at … [Read more...]
We only stayed one night, but the Almanity Hotel was a place to fall in love with. We know Hoi An well now after 2 months living on the edge of the historic Old Town and we know that standards in Vietnam are superb at the Almanity Hotel's level but still this medium sized luxury resort hotel had that little extra something that made it stand out. The location is great, the food … [Read more...]
If you're looking for an incredible place to stay near the UNESCO listed Hoi An Old Town yet with views of the East Vietnam Sea and the Cham Island Biosphere Reserves, the Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An could be the resort hotel for you. It's a fantastic resort with luxury appointments, a spa, incredible dining and staff who simply can't do enough to make your stay a pleasure. … [Read more...]
The Hoi An Pottery Village is a stand-alone attraction just outside town but within easy reach by push bike, scooter or taxi. The villagers have been traditionally involved in pottery for centuries and the craft continues today. The Thanh Ha village has been turned into a tourist attraction but in a very nice, low-key, way. There's absolutely nothing shouting "tourist trap" … [Read more...]
We spent almost 6 months living in Hoi An Vietnam, so we needed to shop at her markets regularly. We started with the Hoi An Central Market near the river in the UNESCO listed Old Town. As we found our feet we started to use Tiger Market and more. The Hoi An Night Market is just for the tourists. More on where to shop in Hoi An, how, and for what in our guide to the markets of … [Read more...]