Archive for the 'Hoi An' Category

Jul 19 2014

Cool and quirky Hoi An cafes

Published by under Food

Don't be fooled by the bottles, May Concepts menu is soft drinks only.

From a rooftop robusta to an alleyway arabica, the streets of Hoi An are a caffeine freak’s friend and while there’s no doubt in our minds that the best coffee in Vietnam is supped rubbing knees with the locals from a squat stool shaded by blue tarpaulin, if you are looking for a great place to … read the full post

Jun 27 2014

Hoi An street food tours: Coconut Tours

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White Rose. Our efforts were not quite so picturesque.

Hoi An’s street food tour industry has been rather dominated by the $60-plus, cram ‘em in, feed ‘em up style half-day trips. Though fun and informative, they can be a big dent in the money belt for a solo traveller and a hard sum to swallow for a family. So we thought we’d try a cheaper … read the full post

Jun 23 2014

Hoi An street food: Oc hut (sucking snails)

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Oc Hut - Fiery sucking snails.

If you’re looking for the carnage and buzz of a great spit and sawdust dining hall, the kind of place the cool kids go to hang out with friends on a night off, where food, fun and conversation sit harmoniously amid debris-laden floors and plastic tables wilting under the weight of plates, bottles and glasses, then heading out … read the full post

Apr 25 2014

Hoi An budget breakfast options

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A Hoi An breakfast Chi lady.

Unless you are partial to rubbery cold omelettes and brittle banh mi, and have the dexterity to deal with a cling-film swaddled fruit bowl before you’ve had a chance to sweep the sleepy dust from your eyes, you might want to barter a B off your B&B board. A haggle at most will reward you with … read the full post

Apr 19 2014

Ticket now required to walk Hoi An’s old town

Published by under Practicalities

Can we have a caption contest for this one?

UPDATE, April 23: The Hoi An people’s committee has addressed the press with clearer details on the ticket. Each ticket is valid for 10 days and costs 120,000 VND for foreign tourists or 80,000 VND for domestic visitors. 85% of the proceeds are to be reinvested in the old town, the money paying for renovations, upkeep, staff … read the full post

Jan 31 2014

Family accommodation in Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

Best for local beach fun - An Bang Seaside Village.

Those looking for a Vietnam destination that’s great for families should consider Hoi An — it’s easy on the wallet, offers loads of outdoor activities, beautiful beaches and boasts plenty of family-focused accommodation. Here are our picks of the best places to stay for those with children in tow. Until recently, if you wanted to … read the full post

Oct 06 2013

Rainy day activities in Hoi An

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Rainy day advice.

If you pass through Hoi An during the wet season from October till December you’ll more than likely wake up to the pitter patter of raindrops. Luckily, Hoi offers up a stack of rainy day activities though — here’s a few. When hotel rooms comes kitted out with an umbrella and every street is patrolled by … read the full post

Sep 23 2013

Hoi An street food: Bahn can

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Tapas Vietnam style.

A melt-in-the-mouth, crisp nest of herb-infused, tempura-like batter, cradling a flash-fried quail egg, presented with a tangle of grated young papaya, fresh greens and a secret recipe chilli dipping sauce served on the outskirts of Hoi An’s old town; this description of banh can supplied over dinner by visiting friends frankly had us pushing our … read the full post

Aug 21 2013

Review: Ngoc Mai seafood restaurant, Ha My Beach, Hoi An

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Cheesy grilled clams!

Ha My beach, a five-kilometre amble north from beautiful An Bang, offers up a swathe of stunning castaway coastline, so perfect that the little A-lister more commonly known as the most luxurious hotel in Vietnam – the Nam Hai – slunk its perfectly manicured toes in to the sand and chased all the scraggy seadogs from … read the full post

Aug 16 2013

How to overnight on the Cham islands independently

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One of a number of deserted bays on the island.

Travellers to Hoi An looking for a little beach time typically end up on the same kilometre of nearby coast: Cua Dai, with those in-the-know tracking down the not-so-secret An Bang beach. Those curious enough to enquire about a trip to the Cham islands are given a choice between dive and snorkelling boat trips. But what about staying … read the full post

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