Tuesday 28th November, 2017
I had heard so many wonderful things about Hoi-An. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but from the moment we arrived into town, we were in love!
We caught the 12 hour overnight sleeper bus from Nha Trang which was a bit of fun. We were lucky enough to get the very back row – so we were all together and could spread out a little. The sleeper bus has seats that are fully reclined, rather than upright. It was a good laugh for us and we all managed to get a few hours sleep. Arriving into Hoi An around 6am, we hit the ground running!
After checking into our hotel, we dumped our luggage, and headed straight into the Ancient Town to explore.
Good golly Miss Molly – first impressions count! Thankfully, the water from the recent flooding had subsided and the town was postcard perfection!!
I wasn’t sure where to look first, it was a feast for the eyes.
Beautifully coloured lanterns lace the streets of Ancient Town. Restaurants, cafes, stores and shops are all draped with these beautiful lanterns. It truly is so stunning, and these photos don’t even capture the half of it!
The sky was blue, the sun was shining and after a few busy weeks it was so nice to come to Hoi An where we could take it easy and relax for a week or so.
We had a couple of really HOT days which we spent at An Bang Beach. Grabbing some sun lounges for the day. The kids loved it! Burgers on the beach and playing in the waves, perfecting their boogie boarding.
The sun sets between 5 and 5:30pm in Vietnam, so we spent a lot of time exploring each afternoon, and then we would find somewhere for dinner in the Ancient Town.
Mornings were usually fairly slow. The kids do their diary entries each morning after breakfast, they’ve been collecting little cards and tickets wherever we go.
We also have school sessions a few times a week (I will be doing a “World Schooling” blog post soon as I’ve had a lot of questions about how we’re doing it all, so stay tuned..)
In order to get into the Ancient Town, an entry ticket is required. Kids are free and adults are only a few dollars each (120,000VND).
The tickets last for the duration of your stay in Hoi An and included in the ticket price is entry to 5 of the historical sites around the Town.
We ventured out to tick a few off the list one afternoon once the weather had cooled down a little. The Japanese Covered Bridge and the Quan Cong Temple were my personal favourites.
Once again I used TripAdvisor to find some great places to eat as well as things to see and do.
We found Hola Taco on our first night as the kids had a Mexican craving. This place was the bomb!!! So delicious. Packed with fresh herbs and bundles of flavour.
We tried loads of places, but a few standouts were: Rice Drum (Vietnamese) – incredible Bamboo Chicken and I am now hooked on Morning Glory everywhere we go!
A huge family favourite was Yum Yum Restaurant (also Vietnamese), which was a hop, skip and a jump from our hotel, and definitely stood up to its name! We had a very nice meal here. Chicken with lemongrass and chilli and also Vietnamese beef curry hotpot – SO GOOD!
Rosie’s Cafe was a brilliant recommendation from one of my Instagram friends (Thanks Jo). We skipped breaky at the Hotel one morning and headed to Rosie’s for brunch. Definitely not Vietnamese, but their cold pressed coffee and smoothie bowls were scrumptious!
On our very last night, we visited Miss Sau. A small restaurant on the other side of the bridge, in the New Town, and well worth the walk. It had started to flood again on our last day in Hoi An and we had been recommended by a family member to visit Sau. We were so glad we did! Miss Sau recommended some great dishes that we wouldn’t have usually tried, but loved! The best Vietnamese rice pancakes I have ever had! She even made them with no shrimp, just for me…(because I am a little fussy!!)
I had seen a few Water Buffalo in the fields along the road on the way to the beach, and I was keen to get up close. I was rapt when our Taxi driver slowed down for me to quickly snap this photo. Gentle giant.
In the evenings, we would stroll by the river and browse through the shops of the Ancitent Town, making our way to the night market in the New Town. The evenings were just beautiful with the lanterns lit up and looking gorgeous.
We spent 8 days in Hoi An and would have happily stayed on longer. There is something very special about this pretty town.
If Hoi An isn’t on your travel bucket list, I highly recommend you add it.
I promise you won’t be disappointed.
So long for now.
Here is the latest YouTube video Andrew made. Enjoy x
Click here to watch Her Travelling Tribe in Hoi An