After a 4 hour bus journey (on the sleeper bus again) i arrived in Hoi An…. beautiful Hoi An, Hoi An, Hoi An….. Immediately on arrival this cute little town took my breath away. It reminded me so much of Luang Prabang in Laos with it’s cute streets and it had a generally nice feel about the place. I knew immediately that this was going to be a place i would get stuck!!
Hoi is a city of Vietnam, on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. Its a a little fishing town which is situated at the mouth of a river with beaches either side of it, palm trees and white sand.
A river runs through the centre of town and it’s banks are lined with really old traditional wooden houses, restaurants, bars and shops. The streets are also lined with beautiful beautiful magical lanterns that are lit at night and the best part is i arrived the day before the lantern festival where candles mounted in colourful paper flowers are sold to float down the river. Unfortunately the night of the lantern festival Hoi An decided to have a huge shower and we all got drenched and basically the lantern festival ended.
How can you not fall in love with a magical place like this!!!!!!!
Hoi An is also famous for its tailors. The streets are lined with shops where you can get clothes and shoes at knock off prices to suit any budget. There are tailors in Hue (my least fav place if you remember) and the clothing they had on display totally put me off, i figured Hoi An would be exactly the same…boy oh boy was i wrong!!! Do not go to Hoi An if you are not prepared to get easily influenced into having clothes made…its addictive!!! You show them a picture and they can make the exact item you want to fit your body like a glove…not the best thing when you have put on 5kg’s travelling so far (that’s me)!!!
I was in Hoi An for 5 days as i had made arrangements to go meet a friend from London in Phuket and then would be returning to Hoi An. So i didn’t really do any sight seeing or anything like that this time around. The reason i had rushed to Hoi An for those 5 days was to meet up with Zac who i had met on my 2nd week of travels in Koh Tao Thailand.
So the 5 days in Hoi An were spent at the tailors, (i had 3 dresses made), eating loads of amazing food (that’s why i have gotten so fat) and partying up a storm as most of the places offered free shots or drinks so how could i not take advantage of this (ok granny only partied one night but that’s more than i normally do). We did however fit in a cooking class which i didn’t enjoy as much as my other classes due to the fact that i was really sick with flu…stupid flu!!!! So sadly i did not take pics of the food like i normally do 😦
On our last night new and old friends gathered for our last dinner at Morning Glory restaurant (one of the best places to eat in central Vietnam), most of us were leaving the next day to go separate ways and this would be our last night together. For me it was sad again to say goodbye to Zac, a lovely American couple (Gio and Pete) who i had met randomly catching a bus from Hanoi and then again from Hue (grrr horrid Hue) to Hoi an and then had ended up spending every day with them….and of course last but not least my lovely British boys Tom and Pete who i had met on my first day in Hanoi and had been with ever since.
So for pictures of my lovely Hoi An (apart from party pictures) you are going to have to wait until part 2 😉 sorry 😉
Next stop Phuket to see Brian!!! The journey to Phuket was 16 hours (and most of those hours were spent sleeping on the airport floor) but that was a pleasure compared to the 34 it took to get back to Hoi An!!! but i’ll save that for the next blog 🙂
Thanks for reading and thanks for the comments…big love xx