Hội An, where do I start? I totally and utterly fell in love with it. The historical French and Japanese influence on Hội An is evident just from the architecture, making it extremely unique with a rich history. The multi-coloured lanterns light up the quaint Japanese arched bridges and the French wooden shutters. It is unlike anywhere in the world. I felt totally at peace when I was in Hội An. I had four absolutely beautiful days there. The amount of time we spent there was perfect. Therefore, I wouldn’t advise staying in Hội An any longer than five days.
My boyfriend and I travelled to Hội An from Hanoi. We got a flight to Da Nang airport and got a taxi to Hội An (the flight cost around £40.00). I can’t actually remember how much the taxi was (sorry, this is so unhelpful), but I’m fairly sure it was around the £15.00-£20.00 (603 Vietnamese Dong). The taxi journey was around 40 minutes.
We stayed at Coco River Resort and Spa. It cost us £15.00 each per night (including breakfast). Whilst this might seem quite pricey, I cannot rate the hotel enough. All you really need to do is look at the photos and it is obvious. It was beautiful, the staff couldn’t do enough for us, and our room was spectacular. The hotel is a little bit out of town, but it was super cool staying on the Thu Bồn River. We sat and ate our breakfast watching the Vietnamese locals fish. What is more, the hotel put on regular shuttle buses to local tourist attractions and the old town. It was therefore no issue at all being a little out the way – in fact it was lovely!
What to do:
- Japanese covered bridge
- Fukian assembly hall (you can get a joint ticket which covers all these attractions).
- An bang beach
- Rent bikes and cycle around the old town
- Spend hours walking around the old town (you can’t get enough of it!)
- Take an evening boat trip along the river
- Take a cooking class
- Get a smoothie at coco box (oh my gawd)
- Go to Hola Taco – the best food (Mexican restaurant)
We went to Hội An with a long list of things that we wanted to do, however, as a consequence of the town just being amazing, we didn’t feel the need to do any excursions. BUT, in reflection, I really wish that we had seized the opportunity to take a trip in a basket boat. We found a tour called the Eco Coconut Tour on our last day and we were gutted that we didn’t find out about it before. Definitely check out this company as the trip looked amazing!
The old town really comes alive at night! Enjoy live music, great food and a great atmosphere. I honestly cannot put Hội An into words, if you’re in Vietnam, do not miss it!!!