Hoi An, Vietnam: A Photo Diary & Travel Inspiration
Planning a trip to Vietnam? Be sure to visit Hoi An!
While I was travelling through Vietnam, I spent some time with my friend Quinn and his wife Tran who lived Nha Trang at the time. Quinn’s dad and a friend were visiting at the same time. They planned on going to Hoi An, a popular coastal destination north of Nha Trang. My plans included going north so I decided to join them for a few days before continuing on my solo journey.
Hoi An is a city that I am still enamoured with. When friends ask what they should do in Vietnam, I always recommend going to Hoi An. While it is very touristy, the city still has a lot of charm. Plus the food there is so delicious. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and you can still see the different influences in the city’s architecture. While I don’t have a lot of tips for Hoi An, I did shoot a lot of photos and hopefully, it inspires you to visit.
Here are some of my favourite photos:
Japanese Covered Bridge
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Crossing over the Japanese Covered Bridge
I always love seeing people on scooters hauling things
Exploring Hoi An’s Old Town
Banh Bao Vac or white rose dumpling, a Hoi An specialty
Personal air conditioning
One of my favourite photos from my trip is of this lady vendor
- When I travelled to Hoi An, we took a short and cheap flight from Nha Trang on Vietnam Airlines. If you’re short on time, sometimes it’s just easier to fly. We flew into Da Nang Airport and hired a taxi for our group to take us to Hoi An.
- On my round the world trip, normally I stayed in budget-friendly accommodations so I could travel longer. In Hoi An, I shared a room with my friend Nick at the Life Heritage Resort, which is now the Anantara. It is a gorgeous resort with a pool and an impeccable daily breakfast buffet of Vietnamese and Western specialties.
- We spent our time exploring, catching up with friends, and eating. While I don’t recall all the fine details of my time there I do remember eating ban bao vac or Hoi An’s specialty, the white rose dumpling (a must!). I also ate banh mi from Banh Mi Phuong, made famous by Anthony Bourdain in his show “No Reservations”. One evening a big group of us had a lovely dinner at Mango Rooms which is owned by Duc Tran, a Vietnamese American chef.
- If I were to go back I would rent a bicycle and tour around town.
- If you’re interested in getting clothes custom tailored, there are hundreds of tailor shops. My friends had a coat made for their daughter and it was made within a few hours. My friend KC had 2 suits made along with 5 button-up shirts and it cost him less than $200US. He picked out the material, they measured him and he picked up his clothes the next day.
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Have you been to Hoi An? Tell me about your visit in the comments.
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