FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOI AN


Vietnam is a place bursting with culture, beauty and wonderful food and it won't take you long to fall in love, especially with Hoi An. After hopping on the overnight train the day before, we had an early arrival, so naturally, head out in search of breakfast. I knew I was going to enjoy it here as soon as I saw the menu. A banana fritter-like dish served with honey - for breakfast?! The crunchy fritter was warm, with gooey banana running through and the drizzle of honey sweetened it up. Delicious!


We stayed at the Bach Dang Hotel, which was such a great place to stay. It had spacious rooms and a lovely pool, plus it was a short walk to the beach and the Ancient Town. Wasting no time, I picked up a map and wandered out in search of temples. The beauty of this place is addictive - the golden, yellow buildings, enchanting lanterns hanging above you and flowers decorating the winding streets. 


Days were spent by the riverside, stopping to enjoy an authentic Pho - so simple and warming and way more delicious than any other I've had. Since I booked my trip through G Adventures, we had a lunch organised at a place called Oodles of Noodles - a project developed to help support poor youth in Vietnam by developing their skills within the restaurant, tourism and hotel industry. We spent an afternoon learning about the different types of noodles used in Vietnamese cooking, watched how they made them and got a chance to make them ourselves, all before being served a delicious, generous bowl of Mi Quang noodles. We then dined at the partnering restaurant of the project, Streets, in the evening for another amazing meal.


There's an array of temples to see, that aren't shrouded by tourists - we managed to enjoy each temple peacefully, lighting incense and wandering around, often with just the two of us in sight. I highly recommend just exploring the town by foot, even when you aren't looking for a specific sight, you are guaranteed to come across something wonderful and once the sun sets and all those lanterns are glowing across the town, the town transforms into something magical. 


The lanterns illuminate the town and their reflections glimmer off of the river, where boats float past with couples enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of Hoi An. We visited the night market that lines the streets from 6pm onwards trying delicious food and buying lanterns to help bring home a slice of Hoi An.


A must do when travelling through Vietnam - this charming town has so much to offer and will keep you hooked from the minute you arrive. I recommend 2-3 nights here so you can fully enjoy Hoi An at it's peaceful and relaxed pace. 

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