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HOI AN, advice on what to see & avoid : )

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1. Posted by akiwiroo (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

Hi There

I'm heading to Hoi an in June , how many nights would you suggest staying there? If you can also suggest any great tips on what to see and avoid , that would be really appreciated.

Happy travels :)

2. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 8y

Hoi An is a beautiful little town. It is also provides a fantastic opportunity to park yourself for a few days using the excuse that you are getting some clothes/shoes made. The place is tailor galore. And oh so cheap. Do get recommendations from other travellers when you are there as to which tailors are providing a high quality service at the time. I would say 2 nights is enough to see the main sights. There are ample museums, merchants houses, temples and a famous chinese bridge to visit. If I remember rightly, you can purchase a joint ticket for some of the attractions. I expect information on this would be in any guidebook covering the area. I hope you have a lovely time there!

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Avoid nothing in Hoi An. Do rent a bike and see the place, do take a cyclo ride around town or down to the beach. Do have breakfast at the Bo Bo Cafe, lunch at the Cargo Club or dinner at Cafe 96 (hint - The Indian Restaurant is super!) Do go out after dark and enjoy the lantern lit town.

4. Posted by Buffalo (Full Member 120 posts) 8y

If u like a bit of a mad night out don't miss the pool party in Hoi An, which is on about 3 times a week. You'll see fliers around d town and the mini-bus collects everyone in the centre of the town at about midnight - find out about it, great craic!!!!

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

From Hoi An you can visit My Son ruins - its about 1 hour drive from the city.

I loved Hoi An - arrived just after a terrible flood and there was no electricity and the streets were pretty flooded but the city seemed to cope really well with this and shop keepers were setting back up by the time l went out to wander around the streets. But l was there late in November and it is the rainy season in Central VN. It didnt rain during the couple of nights in Hoi An but the rains did start as l left for Hue!!

Definately get some clothes tailored - l really regret not getting more done - though l really didnt have room in my rucksac! I got a dress made for a friends wedding that l was going too and it cost about £8 STG - l went in at 2pm got measured and after 2 fittings l had it in my hand to take home by 9pm that night! And l got a kimono bathrobe made too - which was more expensive and not as good as the dress - but it was made by a different tailor which looked all together better - so dont go on shop front impressions!!!

6. Posted by akiwiroo (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

Thanks Guys , your information and advice was brilliant.

I am so excited about going and I have decided to stay for that R & R for 8 nights, having two children with me whilst travelling I think I deserve the rest. About the pool party It sounds great !

Cheers Happy & safe travels to all

7. Posted by murray2701 (Budding Member 33 posts) 8y

just coming to the end of a year trip and hoi an is in my top 5 places visited. so chilled with lovely bars and restaurants, a beach you can bike to, tailors galore with a decent postal service to send things home.

be warned, you wont want to leave in a hurry.

8. Posted by gandk (Full Member 100 posts) 8y

hi there, just a little note check out cafe 96 on the water front of the river, run by really decent honest family who have owned it for years. You can do a proper cooking course here for $5 which is great, its authentic building and food check out a dish called the white rose its a secret recipy they will not tell you and it tastes great!! a 4 course meal here will cost about $2 or 40000 dong

9. Posted by beamme84 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

When are you gonna be there? That's my hometown. I'll be there around the 13th of June, so I could show you around. It's been 8 years since I last went there, so I don't know how much has changed.