Hi this is a run down of our 7 days in Hoi An
We are Novice Travellers although in Hoi An we were fortunate to join up with hubby's Brother and Sister-in-law who experienced Hoi An last year, so some helpful inside information for us.
Arrived at Da Nang Airport... Pick up arranged for about three quarter an hour drive to Hoi An.
Much less traffic but still intrigued by the Vietnamese road/driving/riding capabilities :-)
Settled into our accommodation Brother organised a serviced house called An Hai Villa. A nice homely feel compared to resort/hotel accommodation.
Our first night Hoi An was celebrating the full moon festival (occurs on every full moon streets lined with lanterns and candles floated into the river) a lovely introduction to Hoi An.
Hoi An itself is full of Charm and Character with a wonderful Village. atmosphere. A welcomed change from bustling city of vibrant Saigon.
Next morning up early for The Food Lovers' Guide to Hoi An tour which if I remember cost approximately $60 USD, this is a very enjoyable wonderful walking tour through Hoi An showing market places and introducing different eating places with (I lost count of how many) tastings. We fully recommend this tour (I wrote a review) it is full of information to set you on track for a wonderful stay, We utilised so many places learnt from this tour.
Hoi An is the place for tailor made clothing and handmade shoes, boots and handbags. They are everywhere word of mouth usually recommending where to go! Our advice for this would be have some sort of idea of what you are after, take an item you may want copied or a photo or magazine picture. The shops all have catalogues nothing like you receive as junk mail...Albums and Albums and Albums...I love shopping but this kind of experience can be overwhelming with all sorts of thoughts going through your head especially what if I don't like the finished product...don't worry they will fix it most things made in less than 24 hours, Amazing workers and beautiful people.
Our transport while here was scooters that we hired for $5/day both our blokes are very experienced motorbike riders in Australia and I do not and will not recommended anyone without a lot of experience to attempt scooters, We loved the experience but the blokes had to have their wits about them...Traffic is a conversation had by all tourists :-)
Lots of tourists also hire push bikes although I didn't ride one I think it would be a good way to navigate around the streets but still need your wits.
We did 2 tours a self guided tour to the must see lovely Marble Mountain allow a few hours, comfortable shoes, lots of steps but rest stops of caves with Buddhas inside, a well deserved view after the climb.
Our second tour was to Hue, We booked a tour through a driver we met who spoke good English on the day he sent a driver who didn't speak English we assumed that we may get a English speaking guide once there...No. Slightly disappointing but didn't ruin the day the view on the 3 hour drive spectacular, went to the old city absolutely huge, a tour guide would have been good as I am sure we missed some as self guided. Advise to double check English speaking tour drivers and guides. A day trip to Hue is a big day.
The rest of our time was Eating mostly at places recommended from the foodie tour, drinking with us girls enjoying the odd 2 for 1 cocktails and shopping all a Hoi An must.
Like every other tourist I have met that has been to Hoi An you can't help falling in love with it
We are in Hanoi now