You’re staying HOW LONG?
That’s the response we got when telling people we were staying 10 days in Hoi An! Apparently no-one stays that long! A few days, maybe 5, but usually no more. I guess that’s because there isn’t really a great deal to do in Hoi An, but unlike most visitors, we rented a motorbike and went off exploring nearby villages, beaches and other places like Da Nang and My Son.
Hoi An itself is a beautiful city and rightly named the City of Lanterns. Sitting on the riverside, the old town is closed to vehicles at night making walking the streets very comfortable and safe. Numerous restaurants, bars and little shops everywhere all plying for your attention. We met so many wonderful people there, the Vietnamese are so welcoming and friendly. We shared a lot of laughs and jokes with them all and the girls in the markets loved to rub Rick’s tummy exclaiming “Happy Buddha!”
The markets are a sight to see, the fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood is all so fresh, and unlike a lot of markets, it doesn’t smell!
If we had been staying in self-catering accommodation we would definitely been shopping there every day! The fish were still flapping about in the bowls, they were straight off the fishing boats!
At night the city transforms into this wonderland of lights and for a few cents you can buy a candle and set it afloat along the river with hundreds of others. Hoi An is one of the cheapest places we stayed as far as food and drink went. A bottle of beer could be had for less than a dollar and cocktails for about $3. A meal for the two of us cost about $20 including drinks! And during happy hour all cocktails are 2 for 1 “until you are drunk!” (quote)
However, our favourite food was the street food, and the night markets provided that in abundance! For a dollar or two a meal and a laugh could be had from any of the carts and we sampled just about all of them!
And again, like everywhere in Vietnam, it is the people that make it so good, the feeling that you belong there and are so very welcome.