Archive for the 'Hoi An' Category

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 11 2013

Hoi An tailor shop scams: Part 1

Published by under Shopping

For the best tailor shop experience; leave the rose tinted glasses at home.

If we were to tell you that upon almost every purchase made in a Hoi An tailor shop, 40 percent of the price you pay goes straight out the door into a third party’s pocket, would you be a little bit shocked? Or that the average price on cutting and sewing a man’s suit is … read the full post

Jul 04 2013

Co Tu hilltribe harvest festival

Published by under Festivals

Dancing, chanting, gongs and a few fashion helmets in the crowd.

Live music, dancing, a bucket load of moonshine… This is the basic formula for a good festival the world over, even when that festival happens to be that of an ancient hilltribe village in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Quang Nam’s Co Tu tribe are no strangers to a good festival; apparently there are 92 … read the full post

Jun 11 2013

Hoi An street food

Published by under Food

You just can't beat the atmosphere of a popular local stall.

There’s something about camping down on a tiny plastic stool and experiencing dining the Vietnamese way in Hoi An, even if said stool is hanging treacherously over the gutter of a busy road, you’re ankle deep in bits of screwed up paper and you’ve not a clue what you’ll be served because you’ve followed that … read the full post

Jun 06 2013

Getting shoes made in Hoi An

Published by under Shopping

Tong Art Shoe on Phan Boi Chau. One of the better cobblers in town.

Hoi An has got a bit of a reputation as a place to shop, and one area it excels in is shoes. Cobblers are lined back to back just outside the old town, each one displaying an arousing selection of dusty, dirty, badly glued pumps and sneakers, sandals and the odd bejewelled, eight-inch stacked heeled … read the full post

Jun 04 2013

Street food Hoi An: Com ga

Published by under Food

Com Ga.

Com ga originated a few tens of kilometres down the coast, away from Hoi An, in Tam Ky. It’s similar to the Hainanese dish wenchang, which was introduced by immigrants to Central Vietnam during the marine silk road trading era. Hoi An then claimed the title of being the main shipping and R&R port for … read the full post

May 28 2013

Hoi An’s cao lau noodle

Published by under Food

Straight from the steamer.

If there ever was a recipe shrouded in mystery, it’s got to be Hoi An’s cao lau noodle. Misinformation runs rife. Only made from the water of the Ba Le Well? Sort of. Brought to Hoi An’s shores by foreigners during the 16th century marine trading boom? Apparently not. Japanese/Chinese origin? All Chinese whispers. One thing … read the full post

May 16 2013

Hoi An street food: Bun bo Hue

Published by under Food

Bun Bo Hue - looks a bit like pho, but not same, same.

Bun bo: it’s the pho lovers Marmite, a rich combination of spicy, sour, salty and sweet flavours with a predominant lemongrass hit. Pho in comparison is the soother, an altogether sweeter, more delicate dish in its pure form, with flavour enhancers (in Central Vietnam at least), bowls of sweet chilli paste, hoisin sauce, lime and herbs … read the full post

May 10 2013

Review: The Moon Restaurant, Hoi An

Published by under Food

Beautiful food, stunning location.

Moon Restaurant’s location, a few minutes’ walk outside Hoi An’s old town and river would for a regular restaurant be the kiss of death. What saves Moon is its stunning faded colonial magnificence — and the fact that it sits directly opposite one of the most visited attractions in Hoi An: Yaly Couture, one of … read the full post

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