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
We 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.
But 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
After 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. 🙂
The 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” 😉