Archive for the 'Hoi An' Category

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

Jul 25 2012

Cham Islands, Hoi An

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Walking the plank..

The Cham Islands aren’t just about diving. The lure of some of the most unspoilt islands in Vietnam and the chance to camp out under the stars on an incredible stretch of beach has made the islands the perfect escape between tailor fittings. The marine-protected Cham Islands are located a 20 kilometre boat ride from Cua Dai … read the full post

Jul 23 2012

Review: Vinh Hung 3 Hotel, Hoi An

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Feelin' hot, hot, hot

Rather a mixed bag, the 24-room towering midranger Vinh Hung 3 sits behind a veil of tumbling bougainvillea on the outskirts of Hoi An on backpacker-popular Ba Trieu Street, a five-minute walk to the old town and right opposite the new Highway 4 restaurant — which means if you are a bit bored of hotel buffet … read the full post

Jul 20 2012

The Ba Le Well, Hoi An

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

After 20 months and as many alleys, I finally found the Ba Le Well!

Of the 80 or so ancient wells located in Vietnam’s Hoi An, Ba Le Well is possibly the most talked about — along with being the most difficult to find. Water from the well, thought to have been built in the 10th century by the Cham people, is famed for its use in the town’s … read the full post

Jul 14 2012

Hoi An street food: Cao lau

Published by under Food

The nearest thing to pork scratchings you'll find in Hoi An

If you are on the hunt for a few Hoi An food specialties and love a bit of noodle, then you can’t go wrong with cao lau, a delectable dark pork broth with fat yellow noodles, slabs of tender pork, bean sprouts, fresh greens and crispy croutons — the noodles must be made with the … read the full post

Jul 12 2012

Review: Sleepy Gecko, Hoi An

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Those darn backpackers..

This cheery yellow – and perhaps a bit scruffy — open-fronted bar and restaurant is located by the river edge on Cam Nam Island and has quite possibly the best views in Hoi An. Now the Sleepy Gecko is also offering among the cheapest, best-value lodgings in town. Tucked away behind a wall bursting with foliage, … read the full post

Jul 08 2012

The best time to visit Hoi An

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Er.. Rush hour?

Usually low season in a popular tourist destination means rubbish weather and a seasonal shutdown of things to do. In Hoi An, it’s the complete opposite. From May to July, when the crowds thin, it’s perfect beach weather around Hoi An, with temperatures averaging around the mid-30s Celsius. This means it’s not only great for … read the full post

Jul 03 2012

Review: Phuoc An Hotel, Hoi An

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A tiny little oasis

The Phuoc An (be careful how you pronounce this one — it’s “fou an”) is a little gem of a hotel. A modern take on the Chinese-style architecture that Hoi An is famous for, by day it hides its light under a bushel but by night it sparkles beneath a blanket of vibrant yellow and … read the full post

Dec 02 2011

Biking Hoi An

Published by under Transport

Renting a bicycle has always been a good way to explore Hoi An and its surrounds: it’s cheap, they’re never banned from the streets (other vehicles are forbidden at various times of the day), they provide a lot of freedom and you get to feel like you’re compensating for that last portion of wontons. I spent … read the full post

Nov 28 2011

Finding a good tailor in Hoi An

Published by under Shopping

by Anna Heimbichner Hoi An is home to possibly the world’s highest concentration of tailors per capita, who will stop at nothing to get you to buy clothing you think you need. Having clothes custom made for you can be highly tempting; I certainly wanted to give it a shot. I met travellers who visited … read the full post

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