Archive for the 'Hoi An' Category

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?

On April 17 Hoi An officials opened new ticket booths at each entrance into the old town and introduced a new rule: to enter the old town you must now buy a 120,000 VND (about US$6.00) ticket. Previously, you needed the ticket only to see certain sights within the old town, not just to wander … 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

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

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

Published by under Food

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

Published by under Food

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

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

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

Aug 14 2013

Staying safe on a night out in Hoi An

Published by under Bars & nightlife

This is never a good idea.

We’ve been hearing some disturbing stories from late night revellers caught off guard that suggest Hoi An is not the safe place it once was, with motorbike taxi gangs and bar-owning chancers taking advantage of the drunk and confused. Until recently, if you were looking for a misspent night dancing on the pool table till breakfast in … read the full post

Aug 02 2013

Riding Thanh Nam, Hoi An

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Fish bunting: an aromatic alternative to the endless silk lanterns of the old town.

Thanh Nam fishing village, a short bike ferry from Cua Dai harbour, is a popular stop-off for early morning bicycle tour groups and you can see why: as the sampans park laden with the day’s catch it’s a vibrant, bustling backdrop of conical hats, pyjamas and of course, fish. Fabulous for photographers, it’s well worth … read the full post

Jul 27 2013

Review: Garden Hills Ecological Lodge, Cham Island

Published by under Accommodation

There’s something undeniably bohemian about Garden Hills Ecological Lodge. Carved entirely out of jackfruit wood, with a wrap-around balcony perfectly positioned for soaking up sunsets and a hammock-strewn garden devoted to contemplation, it’s pure Cham Island escapism. To say we scaled cliffs to find this place is not an exaggeration. We took a the $2, 08:00 supply … read the full post

Jul 17 2013

Review: The Beach House, An Bang, Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

And chilled, airy indoor spaces.

A terracotta-tiled roof and a bunch of banana trees sitting behind a cheerful blue stripy gate are pretty much the only clues you’ll need to track down family-friendly An Bang Beach House, sitting on a corner plot between a mishmash of newly built Vietnamese tube houses and village houses. It’s just 50 metres from the … read the full post

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