Archive for the 'Hoi An' Category

Dec 13 2012

The Ho Chi Minh Trail with Hoi An Motorbike Adventures

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Ba Hom accommodation might not come with room service, but who needs it with views like that!

With almost 1,000 miles of remote backwater paths and trails, paddy, narrow mountain passes, isolated hill tribes and dense jungle, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the most rewarding and directionally challenging rides in the country. Unless you have a penchant for getting lost somewhere near the Lao border or breaking down on … read the full post

Dec 09 2012

Christmas in Hoi An

Published by under Festivals

We couldn't resist!

If you are reading this from somewhere predominantly Christian in the West another mention of Christmas is quite possibly the last thing you need to hear; but for those of you lucky enough to be on the road, Christmas can be a tough time to be away from family and friends. But if you’re in … read the full post

Dec 06 2012

How to haggle — or avoid haggling — in Hoi An

Published by under Shopping

Hit the streets of Hoi An for anything from a tailored suit through to a banh mi and you will be thrown into a state of confusion over what really is a fair price. With very few traders working to a fixed price it’s not too uncommon to sometimes feel like you’ve been had. Ask … read the full post

Nov 29 2012

Banh bao in Hoi An

Published by under Food

The full moon 'Buddhist' Bahn Bao

If like me you were once one of those neanderthals where the best nights out you ever had somehow always ended up at a kebab stall then you will thank me for this heads up on late-night food snacking in Hoi An. I’ve researched this article with perhaps a little too much enthusiasm after taking … read the full post

Nov 24 2012

Vietnam’s most famous bahn mi?

Published by under Food

UPDATE, November 04, 2013: Phuong has now moved to a stall outside the central food hall (to the left), along with opening her first Banh Mi Phuong shop at 2 Phan Chau Trinh Street, where along with her usual selection of mouthwateringly, more-ish banh mi, she’s launched her first dessert menu: ice cream, in many … read the full post

Nov 21 2012

Review: Vesper Homestay, Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

Vesper Homestay's Standard room.

Pulling up outside the cheery blue three-storey family home Vesper Homestay with its windows flung open to views of far flung paddy is reward enough for the amount of trouble you will have finding this place. If you were looking for off the beaten path then you’ve come to the right place: Vesper is right … read the full post

Nov 15 2012

Extending your visa in Hoi An

Published by under Practicalities

Compared with Saigon and Hanoi, extending your visa in Hoi An can be a costly and complicated process. Rules and prices change with every travel agent you speak to and prices can spiral out of control if time is not on your side. We spent a day finding out the options, from extending a first … read the full post

Nov 14 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival in Hoi An

Published by under Festivals

Party time in Hoi An

Hanoi and Saigon may be steaming ahead when it comes to modern development, but rural Vietnam and in particular Hoi An has kept a firm handle on its roots in tradition where generations of families still hold faith in myths, legends, fables and folklore which for thousands of years has formed the heart of the … read the full post

Nov 08 2012

Boat tours on Hoi An’s Thu Bon river

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Sunset on the Thu Bon river.

Cheesy though it may sound, a cruise down the Thu Bon river is one of the best ways to idle away an hour or two when in Hoi An, and although you can do it the posh way by jumping aboard a tourist boat, it’s far better to go local; and by local I mean … read the full post

Nov 06 2012

Review: Thanh Van 2 Hotel, Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

If the 10 minute ride to An Bang is a bit too much like hard work..

If you are one of those travellers with a tendency to lose your bearings, the towering Thanh Van 2 with its illuminated rooftop sign screams “I’m here!”, making it an easy hotel to find your way back to. But even if you’ve got an inbuilt compass, Thanh Van 2 packs a punch with its huge … read the full post

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