View on Ha Long Bay - travel Vietnam - World Unesco Herritage

Halong Bay – The green lagoon of Vietnam

View on Halong Bay - travel Vietnam - World Unesco Herritage

Halong Bay, one of the 7 wonders of nature.
A true place to wander…

When people think of Vietnam, Halong Bay is one of the view places that drops out instantly. No ‘wonder’ at all, because it is seen as one of  ‘seven world wonders of nature’. This World Unesco Herritage is a true beauty by itself. We were amazed by all those limestone islands just popping out everywhere you look. Just for the facts, they say that there are about 3500 limestone islands in this area. The view is amazing, so make sure you have your camera ready.

How to get to Halong Bay

The most common way to go to Halong Bay is to book a day- or two/three-day tour  in Hanoi. We booked our tour at the Gecko Café in the center of Hanoi.

What to do and to see

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The Kebab Shack - Hoi An Vietnam

Lovely good restaurants in Hoi An – Vietnam

Restaurants in Hoi An: The Kebab Shack - Hoi An Vietnam

A ‘walhalla’ for foodies
Restaurants in Hoi-An, enough to choose from

Once we were in Hoi An we really had to  chill out and relax from our trip, so we stayed there for a few days. Just hanging at the beach, but also enjoying the many good restaurants in Hoi An has to offer 🙂
Below you will find the highlights we visited, and the ones you should absolute visit when your heading to Hoi An too.

Burger at the Kebab Shack in Hoi An VietnamTHE KEBAB SHACK

Ok, I don’t want to be a culture crasher or ‘lowbrow’ (we really enjoyed the real Vietnamese food everyday during our trip), but men, we wore longing for a good burger! And yes, we finally found the Kebab Shack via Tripadvisor. It was almost like a relief for us, finding that spot. For Vietnamese understandings, the burger was really of good quality and taste. Of course we had eaten one or two other burgers during our backpacking trip in Vietnam, but this one tasted like home. ♥

But that’s not strange, it appeared that the owner is a real nice and crazy English man. Married to his lovely Vietnamese wife. Next to that delicious burger we enjoyed his conversations and funny English jokes. He is an English teacher at Da Nang in the weekends to learn Vietnamese children native speaking English. He loves to teach them by jokes like the ‘A string walks into a bar….” (See the link if you want to read the full joke :)) Of course he was testing us too if could really follow native English… We nearly passed. 🙂

Well, long story short. If you want to enjoy a good European burger for a  Vietnamese price in Vietnam, and like to talk native English, then go to the Kebab Shack. It is located a bit outside the city center, so it was a bit of a search, but if you click this link on Tripadvisor you will find them in your google maps.  Enjoy your burger or kebab!


Restaurants in Hoi An: Beautiful lampions at the Chef in Hoi An VietnamThis restaurant is an absolute hidden jewel. The rooftop terrace has by far the most amazing view over ancient Hoi An. But, you have to work for it. 🙂 It was quite hard to find. If you walk with your google maps app then you will wonder when you  reach the final destination. Because you will find a sort of gift shop first.. Well lucky you, you are there! You just have to enter the shop and then have to go upstairs.

Once you get upstairs you will be welcomed by beautiful lampions hanging in trees and that great view over Hoi An. Also a lot of locals, mostly from Da Nang, will be there too. It is quite a popular restaurant, so it wise to make a reservation in front. Just a small travel trip from us for you. 🙂

Oh and another plus, they also have good wines over here! So yes, it is a bit more expensive (not for European standards) then the real local Vietnamese restaurants, but it  is really worth it. Want to know the address? You can find the link here.

Restaurants in Hoi An: Good restaurant - The Little Menu in Hoi An - VietnamTHE LITTLE MENU

When you’re looking for a romantic night out together, you should visit this cute restaurant in Hoi An. This is also one of the few restaurants in Vietnam we have spotted with good wines. The staff was really friendly and they sure know and understand their products. So ask for a recommendation dish and you will get surprised!

Next to the good service and fantastic food, the restaurants looks very pretty too. You will be welcomed with rough looking walls, beautiful lights made of bamboo and an open kitchen. There is enough to see and wander in this restaurant for a complete night out.

If you like fish, then you should try the white tuna. It was a real treat!

Restaurants in Hoi An: Good restaurant - The Little Menu in Hoi An - Vietnam - nice dishOne side note for the Little Menu, it will costs you a few Vietnamese dong extra. So if you only want to dine at the cheaper ‘backpacking’ restaurants, you can skip this one.  But, in comparison with good European restaurants where you pay around €35,- p.p. per 3-courses, you pay here €35,- in total including wines. So I would still say, go here and enjoy all those lovely tastes and dishes from Vietnam. You can find the tripadvisor reviews from this restaurant in Hoi An here.

We hope you will love these wonderful restaurants in Hoi An. Enjoy!
Want to know what to do next in Hoi An? Read our blog:  What to do in Hoi An – Romantic city in Vietnam

Romantic Villa in Hoi An - Vietnam

What to do in Hoi An – Romantic city in Vietnam

Romantic Villa in Hoi An - Vietnam

Hoi An – Authentic and romantic Vietnam!

This tailor-town is a must-see if you want to experience typical Vietnam. See why it makes perfect sense to visit this World Unesco Heritage.

Good food – good mood

Riding bycicle in Hoi An - VietnamWe arrived at lively Hoi An after a long day trip by motorcycle from Hué to Hoi An. We were welcomed in her busy streets with lots of tinkly melodies from passing cyclists. Everywhere in Vietnam you will find people cycling, but here in Hoi An it is far most trending and common to ride a bicycle. Next to these ‘tinkly melodies’ we were also welcomed with the first good wine in Vietnam!

As a typical wine lover, it was hard to find good wines in the Vietnamese restaurants. Only in the bigger city’s, wine is more  comparable with the European quality as we are used too. In the rest of beautiful Vietnam, don’t expect high class wine. They focus more on the food or the fresh pressed juices then on the wine.

Good wine in Bon restaurant Hoi An - VietnamBut yes, in Hoi An we had finally found the first place where we could enjoy some good and cold wine.  This lovely restaurant is not one you will step in directly because it looks very modest and it is located a bit remotely. But this absolutely kind and nice Vietnamese lady made sure we could have that good tasting wine.   Ok, it was a bit of a challenge to made here clear that we ‘needed’ wine, here English was very poor, but luckily here daughter understood and arranged it. After speaking with ‘hand and feets’ you can enjoy that wine at ‘Bon Restaurant‘.  See the link for the Tripadvisor recommendations.


Want to know and explore more recommendable restaurants in Hoi An?  Check our blog ‘Lovely good restaurants in Hoi An

Great surroundings – great experience

View on river Vy Hoa Hoi An VillasAfter our refreshing wine and handing over the bike at the motor-trip company we headed to our hotel  Vy Hoa Hoi An Villas. After the first ‘wow-moment’ we had earlier that day when entering Hoi An, we had an ‘hell-yeah’ moment when arriving at this beautiful hotel in Hoi An.  It is a very small scale villa runned by  two sisters with great hospitality. Just a few minutes away from  An Bang beach and with an fantastic view over the river.

The rooms are very clean and spacious, but most of all the pool is a real treatment. We really felt like king and queen when relaxing and enjoying Hoi An.  Because the small scale atmosphere of Vy Hoa Hoi An Villas we were very lucky to have the pool private for ourselves very often. And with the view on the palmtrees and reel good Vietnamese lemon juice we were in heaven.

Another very big plus about this hotel is the free supply of bicycles. You can borrow them to visit ancient Hoi An city or go to An Bang beach. Great service! But most of all it is very nice to feel more than welcome by the sisters. They are very kind and will give you good insider tips. Next to that they are very curious, especially when you come from Europe. When you are a couple, they will definitely ask you if you are married or not. If not and your living together (like we are), they will ask you many more questions out of curiosity and nice conversations will start. 🙂

The shoes will fit like Cinderella

Another great thing about Hoi An, and an absolute must do, is visiting the tailor-shops for custom made shoes or clothing. You can be absolute creative and the prices are astonishing. I saw some beautiful leather flip flops in the shop window,  but there was something missing. When entering the shop, they came with a lot of catalogs and we could start ‘cutting and pasting’ to design our own flip-flop. So next to tailor-made shoes, clothing and flip-flops, it is also possible to design your own clothing and get creative. 🙂

Tailor made flip flops from Hoi An - VietnamThe quality is quite good, and if you’re looking for the best tailors in town you should trust the reviews on Tripadvisor. And in comparable with European store prices, the prices for tailor-made clothing are even lower. So a tip if you go to Hoi An during your Vietnam trip, make sure your back is empty enough for some new sets of clothes. It’s really worth it. I still wear my leather flip-flops on every sunny day. 🙂

PS, don’t mind my feet. I am not exactly a “foot model” 😉

Motor-trip Hué to Hoi An

Motor-trip from Hué to Hoi An

Motor-trip Hué to Hoi An, fill the engine and go - GO PRO

Motor-trip Hué to Hoi An, fill the engine and go – GO PRO

Motor-trip to explore Vietnam, an absolute must-do!

Want to fully enjoy the Vietnamese lifestyle? Then go cruising with a motorbike true Vietnam.
Don’t feel that comfortable to go from the top of Vietnam to the bottom of Vietnam? Then try from city to city yourself or hire a easyrider.
For ‘easyriding’ see our new blog: easyrider from Dalat to Mui Né (coming soon). 

We have chosen to go by bike from Hué to Hoi An with an English friend we have met there, Tom. It was one of the best tours and experience of the whole Vietnam trip.
A nice ride of 134 km true mountains, near waterfalls, hordes of water-buffalo’s and most of all, beautiful scenery of water! 🙂
Pics can be found at the bottom of this blog.

One way rental motorscooter

We have rented a motorscooter in Hué at our hotel Hong Thien Hotel 1. It was a perfect service to select a ‘one way rental‘.
In the morning they will arrive at your hotel to deliver the motorscooters and to pick up your luggage. This is great cause you don’t have to carry your heavy backpacks on the scooter. The costs were also incredibly low, just about €20,-. After that you just have to fill up the tank (also very cheap) and you’re set to go riding the bike.

Motor-trip route from Hué to Hoi An by bikeHai Van Pass

This very populair route (also reviewed by Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson) was recommended by the staff of Hong Thien Hotel 1. And yes, it was indeed, one of the best.. Lots of turns, great views and spectaculair drops and rises on the road.

If you start your trip in Hué then you can choose between the short and long route. Go by the coast and you will have the long route. We have chosen for the shorter route because we wanted to stay a bit longer at Elephant Springs (more about the waterfall in this blog). At the day we have ride the route it was about 35° Celsius, so we were happy to have a nice cooling and long swim in Elephant Springs.

“One of the best coastroads…. in the world!” thus Jeremy Clarkson

Motor-trip view on Da NangDa Nang

When you go to Hoi An you will pass Da Nang too. For Vietnam this is a more cosmopolitan city, one of the view cities with skyscrapers. Its more modern and you will find the more educated Vietnamese people over here. We didn’t like the atmosphere, it was quite busy, lots of traffic and you will find less charismatic buildings as in ancient Hué or Hoi An. We have skipped Da Nang and followed the road next to the shore, that view was great!


Check the weather forecast before you choose to take a motor-trip route true Vietnam. The whole ride from Hué to Hoi An will take about 5-6 hours (without stops). We were in September in Vietnam, in the middle of the rainy season. Of course it won’t be much joy if you will get soaked on the motorbike for 5 hours long. 🙂

Hoi An

Once arrived in Hoi An we have turned in the motorscooter and picked up our luggage at the pick up point. Also one tip for this, make sure you will have your valuable belongings removed from your backpack before you let it be dropped of.  The Vietnamese people really throw about with your luggage, but for the rest it is a perfect service!

Want to know what you can do in Hoi An? Read the blog : What to do in Hoi An (coming soon!)