The nicest place in Vietnam so far!
Hoi An Travel Blog› entry 6 of 12 › view all entries
After our crappy overnight journey, we arrived at our fantastic hotel in the picturesque city of Hoi An. Hoi An is famous in Asia for it's concentration of bespoke tailors (we've seen tens, if not hundreds) and colonial architecture, which has given it the most fantastic feel for us and we have loved wandering around the beautiful Historic Quarter.
We made the trip to "My Son", a Cham Settlement (an Asian civilisation of people that existed for longer than any other recognised South East Asian civilisation) about 35km from Hoi An that although was ransacked by other civilisations throughout history, was ultimately near-destroyed in many parts during the "American" war of the 60's and 70's - it is considered in a way a "Macchu Pichu of Vietnam".
Having had a few nights here, we can say that this is probably one of the most relaxed places that we have been on our whole trip.
One thing we have noticed is howoften we go into a shop or cafe / bar / resturant and there are members of staff asleep on their elbows or on a makeshift bed!!!!
Anyway, for the first time in Vietnam, we are really enjoying the country and are relieved to be after a bit of a slow start to our time here.
We had some clothes made in some of the many tailors that are dotted around the lovely old-town of Hoi An. Jeremy went on a great cookery course a mile or two down the river from Hoi An.
We were really sad to leave Hoi An and head to Hue. We were waved-off by one of the tailors that came to bring us cakes for the bus and also by a local resturant (THe Candle Light, which has produced the best resturant food that we have had on our whole trip to date!), that gave us cookies and dinks for the bus. We were really touched by their kind and generous gestures.