Archive for the 'Hoi An' Category

Aug 29 2012

Review: Ba Le Well Restaurant, Hoi An

Published by under Food

Ba Le Well Banh Xeo

Tucked away down the Ba Le Well Lane on the edge of Hoi An‘s Old Town is Ba Le Well Restaurant. Hugely popular with Hoi An locals, you are more likely to hear it before you see it, and when you see it you will most probably wonder what all the fuss is about, as … read the full post

Aug 25 2012

Da Nang to Hue by train

Published by under Transport

and coastal views to your right

If you’re looking for the most memorable way to travel in Central Vietnam you couldn’t choose a more spectacular and local journey than the coast-clinging train route between Da Nang and Hue. Hugging the Hai Van Pass on one side and winding across the rugged cliffs overlooking the East Sea, this four-hour journey not only … read the full post

Aug 23 2012

Hoi An by foot or bike

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Helping out with the harvest

If you want to see the best locations in and around Hoi An you don’t need a tour guide. These three do-it-yourself tours can be done on foot or by bike — I’d definitely recommend a bicycle or motorbike for the last two, as 14 kilometres is a long hike in the searing heat or … read the full post

Aug 19 2012

Hoi An night market

Published by under Shopping

The stunning view back over old Hoi An Town

A few years ago market traders and food stalls were pushed out of Hoi An‘s old town in a bid to clean up the streets, leaving traders relocating outside the guarded boundaries of the pedestrian-ised zone. Then the Quang Nam authorities cleared the old central market and provided a new “cleansed zone”, in which a … read the full post

Aug 16 2012

Review: Long Life Riverside Hotel, Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

The brand new night market, the cheapest place in town to buy a silk lantern.

The traditional yellow-fronted, wooden-shuttered frontage of the Long Life Riverside Hotel blends in so well with Hoi An‘s ancient town ethics that it’s very easy to discount this as yet another tailor/restaurant/spa. But this is a place to stay, and the hotel’s quiet riverside location on the An Hoi islet offers some of the best … read the full post

Aug 12 2012

Hoi An scams

Published by under Health & safety

Local arsonists.

Having read what we’ve written here on scams in Hanoi and scams in Saigon and listened to a few sorry traveller tales of “Vietscam”, I thought maybe it was time to lift the lid on all the terrible things that go on in the sleepy little pocket of Central Vietnam where I live. So I … read the full post

Aug 08 2012

Cua Dai Hotel, Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

All tropical landscaped gardens and a jacuzzi!

The striking French colonial façade of the Cua Dai Hotel sits well back from Hoi An’s busy Cua Dai Road, sheltered by a beautifully manicured, walled tropical garden which gives a tantalising hint of the hotel’s stylishly designed interior. Set a good 10-minute walk from the old town on the road to Cua Dai beach, … read the full post

Aug 06 2012

Flooding in Hoi An in October and November

Published by under Health & safety

Town centre

Hoi An floods. From late October until mid-December, Central Vietnam is wet, very wet, and some areas of Hoi An’s old town are literally underwater. Oh, and there are typhoons as well. Welcome to high season in Hoi An. Here’s some advice your travel agent won’t give you: pack your wellies and if you have … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Hiring a motorbike in Hoi An

Published by under Transport

Monkey mountain, beats Clarkson's 'Deserted ribbon of perfection' hands down.

If you are a confident motorcyclist, Hoi An is the perfect base for some astonishingly good rides and the greatest thing about it is it’s really hard to get lost. There are some fantastic routes that you can easily cover in a day, from meandering along rivers fringed with coconut palms through to the magical … read the full post

Jul 29 2012

The Sunshine Hotel, Hoi An

Published by under Accommodation

I'm sorry I seem to have been having a bad camera day.. This is the shallow end of the Sunshine's rather large pool.

The domineering, brand spanking new Sunshine Hotel sits midway between An Bang beach and the old town; from here it’s a good 20-minute walk to either, but that’s okay because every guest gets a free bicycle to potter around Hoi An, and it’s outstanding value. As is the norm with Hoi An hotels, every room … read the full post

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