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!

THE CHEF

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

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!

Tips

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!)

 

Beautiful buddha on top of a hill nearby Elephant springs - Vietnam

Magical Elephant springs in Vietnam

Elephant Springs,
a must-see while backpacking Vietnam.

If you ever have the chance to explore Vietnam by motorcycle, don’t miss out Elephant Springs!

A beautiful and scenic place in the middle of the ‘bush bush’ which will really give you a ‘wow-moment’ once you have found the place.

Yes, it is a fantastic place but it is a bit hard to find. We were lucky that we were with three persons on just two bikes, so I had the change to have a good look around to search for the ‘White sign‘ along the side of the road. The sign to Suối Voi (Suối: springs, Voi: elephant) where you had to go off road to head to the waterfalls. We nearly missed it…

So here are just some travel-tips for you so you would be able to find the Elephant Springs and don’t miss it out.

Catholic Church - Nhà thờ Thừa Lưu near Elephant Springs

Catholic Church – Nhà thờ Thừa Lưu near Elephant Springs

The surroundings are really gorgeous, especially if you can see the view  when riding a motorcycle. We were almost wandering off to much to notice that we have already seen the white signboard. The sign is also located on a spot where you don’t expect it to be. You can find the sign just a bit above a sort of Vietnamese snackcorner in that little town which is situated along the road. Also, we had more eyes for the beautiful grey and white church which stoot out in the back of this village.

So, long story short, where you will least expect it, there you can find the signboard. So once you have spotted it, don’t hesitate and take that turn!

Google location for the right Elephant Springs-turn

If you have google maps available during your trip, please copy paste below address to find the exact location of the turn.
Thôn Trung Kiền, Xã Lộc Tiến, Huyện Phú Lộc, Trung Kiên, Lộc Tiễn, Phú Lộc, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam

Ok, so now you won’t miss the turn. Lucky you!
But, we are not there yet. Of course. 🙂

Once you have decided to drive towards the Catholic Church you will notice that the roads will get a bit bumpy. I think it was about 30-45 minutes more driving from the Church to Elephant springs. But during that ‘bumpy ride’ you will see also many beautiful and magical places. Sure worthwhile to take that ride.

I could talk a lot more about, but just have a look at these pics below and see it for yourself.
(Or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us)

Happy waterfollowing!

 

p.s. want to learn where we have booked our bikes and arranged our motor-trip route from Hué to Hoi An? Please read our next blog: Motor-trip from Hué to Hoi An