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Hoi An

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  • Day11

    Hoi An

    October 17 in Vietnam

    Der Bus von Hue nach Hoi An fuhr die 122km in etwa 3 1/2 h, über Da Nang und die Küstenstrasse.Es war ein Semi-Sleeper Bus, wir hatten eigentlich mit nicht ganz klappbaren Sitzen gerechnet aber es war schon eine witzige Konstruktion in der man halbliegend fahren musste. Für mich war der Beinbereich zu kurz.
    Anschliessend gings mit dem Taxi ins Silk Village, unser Hotel für eine Nacht. Sehr schön und luxuriös mit einem Upgrade wegen einer großen Hochzeitsveranstaltung von 17 - 21 Uhr. (!) Als wir um 21:15h aus der Stadt zurück kamen war tatsächlich niemand mehr da und alle Gäste gegangen. Das abendliche Hoi An war ein ziemlicher Rummel, Bootfahren und Laternen schwimmen lassen im Fluss, sehr viele Geschäfte und Restaurants und natürlich jede Menge fliegende Händler.
    Wir werden nochmal tagsüber hin gehen, aber morgen ziehen wir erstmal in ein Strandhotel zum Ausspannen.
    Ein Video zeigt übrigens Seidenraupen vor der Verpuppung, hier im "Silk-Village" werden sie gezüchtet und alle Arbeitsgänge bis zur Seide durchgeführt.
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  • Day16

    Ancient Town

    April 17, 2017 in Vietnam

    For our second day in Hoi An it was a slightly slower start to the day having been out the previous night. We just made it in time for the buffet breakfast and decided we would have an easy morning by the pool.

    Due to the fact we needed to have our second fittings, we headed to the Ancient Town again on our bikes for the afternoon.

    When we arrived we grabbed some lunch and had a typical Vietnamese dish called cao lau which was a mixture of noodles, greens, pork and pork crackling, it was delicious! Soon after we finished we headed over to get our clothes fitted and it was amazing to see how they had transformed the materials into the clothing we wanted. With a few more adjustments to make it makes me extremely excited for the finished product.

    Due to it being late afternoon, we wondered around the main town and found some yummy treats. My favourite was a warm donut rolled in sugar, it was absolutely divine. With Hoi An being full of coffee shops, we decided it would be rude not to go have one. We tried a speciality, iced coffee with coconut which was delightful, the sweet of the coconut balancing out the strong taste of the coffee. However, due to it getting dark we thought it would be best to head back, picking up a banh mi on the way.

    Back at the hostel we had a well deserved shower and thought it would be a good idea to have a chill night with a busy day planned tomorrow. After two intense days I was very much in need of some chill time.
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  • Day172

    Vietnamese cooking class

    February 25, 2017 in Vietnam

    We travelled to Hoi An yesterday by train and taxi; the journey went smoothly and we enjoyed travelling by train again. Today we did a cooking class in Hoi An. It started with a visit to the local food market to buy ingredients. We then went to the class with our teacher Vi Am. We did lots of chopping, crushing, rolling and cooking and managed to concoct four reasonably authentic looking Vietnamese dishes - fried spring rolls, beef pho noodle soup, Vietnamese pancake and chicken with lemongrass. Solana enjoyed joining in too. We then all enjoyed the fruits of our labours for lunch - and it was delicious (if we do say so ourselves!). A fun and tasty day was had by all.Read more

  • Day172

    Hoi An - by night

    February 25, 2017 in Vietnam

    The first night we went to a restaurant that our hotel recommended; it has no menu, just serves everyone the same dish - BBQ pork kebabs, with prawn spring rolls, Vietnamese pancake, salad, herbs and kimchi and you roll the things up in rice paper, dip in a tasty sauce and eat - delicious! We find that we're eating meat with more meals here than we do at home - but the amount of meat served with meals here is much less than at home - which, if you're going to eat meat, is probably the way it should be... As it is the new moon tomorrow, people don't eat meat for 2 days. There were also celebrations for the start of the first month after the lunar new year, with people burning incense and papers and placing fruit and flower offerings in front of their shops - interesting to see.

    Last night we spent the evening down by the waterfront and discovered that the town is even more colourful by night than by day, when all the lanterns are lit. We treated ourselves to a mojito cocktail and Solana also had a "cocktail" (aka watermelon juice!). The owners of the restaurant had a little girl a similar age to Solana and the 2 girls enjoyed playing together. Solana was enjoying having a little friend so much that we thought it only polite to stay at the bar longer than intended and avail ourselves of the extremely cheap draught beer (only 18p per glass)! Afterwards, we bought a paper lantern from a little old lady and floated it off down the river - Solana enjoyed watching it float off down the river. We then went to see the night market - lots of lantern and jewellery stalls, before heading back for a sound nights sleep.
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  • Day15

    Hoi An

    April 16, 2017 in Vietnam

    12 hours on a bus and we arrived in the town of Hoi An. Eventually we arrived at our hostel, all very sweaty but well rested. Having had confusion in finding the hostel in the first place, the place did not disappoint having heard to many recommendations to stay in this specific hostel.

    Not wasting any time, we decided to hire bicycles and went to a local bakery to grab some breakfast. We then went back to the hostel in hope that we could be shown our dorms and check in. The views of the hostel are amazing. From the pool and window you could look out over Hoi An and lots of rice paddies. After a well needed shower, we headed back out and over to the Ancient Town. Our first stop were the tailors, all of us choosing our items we wanted made. My bank balance certainly felt the hit after this visit, but hoping the clothes made are worth the money, especially as no one back home will have the clothes I have chosen to be made. It was a very exhilarating experience though, especially with my love for shopping and clothes I loved being able to pick anything to be made.

    We then spent the rest of the day wondering around the Ancient town and finding our bearings. The amount of clothes, jewellery and food you could buy was pretty much unlimited and I had to refrain from buying countless things on numerous occasions. It was certainly a shop until you drop experience.

    On the way back to the hostel we stopped off by the beach to watch the sunset. It was so picturesque and the sky was a variety of gorgeous colours. The scenery on the way to the beach was also amazing, the sunset being over all the rice paddies. The experience was almost surreal.

    Back at the hostel we decided to treat ourselves to a few drinks and ended up joining the pub crawl the hostel was hosting. The night was thoroughly enjoyable and we carried on until the early hours of the morning. We finished the night with a banh mi, a typical Vietnamese food which was delicious and probably tasted 10x better being under the influence of alcohol.

    I can definitely say that our stop in Hoi An had got off to a promising start.
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  • Day18

    Farewell Hoi An

    April 19, 2017 in Vietnam

    For our last full day in Hoi An we decided to take it easy, spending the morning by the pool and enjoying the hostel we were in and catching some rays.

    However, we needed to go get our last fittings for our clothes. 3rd time round and we were all extremely happy with our purchases. Having bought so much during my time I was already having to send $40 worth of clothes back home, ooops.

    We then decided to head to the beach in time for sunset which was gorgeous. We strolled along the beach but had to finish up shortly in order to be back for the pub quiz at the hostel. Heading back we picked up a Banh Mi for dinner, which was one of our best yet! I also found myself a furry friend, a little kitten who decided to fall asleep on me... so adorable.

    Full and satisfied we joined the pub quiz, however we failed miserably, knowing very few answers to any of the questions. However, being our last night we didn't let this dampen our spirits and headed out on the pub crawl that we had joined on our first night.

    With a fun last night and having fallen in love with Hoi An it was time to say our goodbyes.
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  • Day53

    Hoi An, Vietnam

    February 14, 2017 in Vietnam

    Hoi An is a smaller city in Vietnam situated outside the larger city of Danang. We flew into Danang arriving after midnight where we spent a night. Our plan was to rent a moped for 2 days and drive to Hoi An, so we took only our daypack with what we needed and left our backpacks at the hotel where we rented our moped from. We weren't going to let a little rain get in our way so off we went to Hoi An in matching pant suit ponchos!

    The ride was easy and after about an hour we arrived to a quaint little town surrounded by rice fields and farmland with a coastal beach area as well. We explored the old town on our moped and also walked around to explore the shops selling everything from counterfeit goods to traditional items. Oh and we spent a very classy Valentine's Day there as well where we enjoyed tasty $1 Vietnamese sandwiches and a few drinks.

    The following day we rode out to Marble Mountain which was the site of a pretty cool Buddhist cave temple and stopped by the beach for a stroll.

    Overall we enjoyed our quiet time in Hoi An which was made even better by the nice home stay we stayed at. The family was really sweet, the room was great and the breakfast made to order was delicious. We still cant believe this only cost us $12 a night!
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  • Day17

    Kim Bong

    April 18, 2017 in Vietnam

    Deciding to be slightly more touristy we joined a free tour that is run by local students who want to improve their English. Our tour guide was superb and one of the best guides I've had in my time in Vietnam.

    The tour was around a local village in Hoi An called Kim Bong Village. Our first stop was at the local boat making business which built both fishing boats and boats for tourists. The eyes on the boats are pointy to protect the boat against evils of the water and are typically found only in north Vietnam rather than the south.

    Our next stop was a local home where they make sea grass sleeping mats, all of us in turn having a go. We also went to another local home and tried rice paper cakes which were surprisingly delicious. Here, anyone who wanted could have a try at making the rice paper. It was an easy task but repetitive and can imagine it gets quite laborious after a while.
    After stopping off at a hand made crafts shop it was time for the tour to end.

    Needing to get another fitting for our clothes we stopped by the old town and then headed back to the hostel to enjoy the rest of the day's sun.

    For the evening in the hostel it was tropical themed which allowed us to wear some questionable outfits. However the evening ended up with all of us being thrown in the pool finishing the evening soaked.
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  • Day21

    Wolkenpass

    September 2 in Vietnam

    Von Hue nach Hoi An kann man sich einen easy rider buchen, einen guide der einen auf seinem Motorad über den Wolkenpass bringt. Eine wunderschöne Strecke!

    In Hoi An angekommen habe ich direkt die streetfood tour von meinem Hostel mitgemacht...soo lecker!!

    Abends dann den Pub Crawl mit girls aus meinem Hostel. Wen treff ich da...die Berliner!

  • Day24

    Girls Day Teil 1 : Kochkurs

    September 5 in Vietnam

    Morgens ging auf zun Kochkurs! Mit einem Besuch zum Markt wo wir alle Zutaten frisch einkauften ging es los. Danach gings mit einem Boot zur Kochstation im "Coconut Village", wo wir in Korbbooten nach Krabben gefischt haben, hab leider keine gefangen.

    Auf einer Überdachten Holzveranda lernten wir dann Frühlingsrollen(andere als gestern) , Reispancake, Fried noodles und Pho Suppe! Alles was ich je wissen wollte und alles so lecker! Dazu gabs unlimited Passion Fruit Juice und die Rezepte umsonst dazu.

    Mit dabei: Laura
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Hội An, Hoi An, هوي أن, Hôi An, הוי אן, ホイアン, ჰოი-ანი, 호이안, Hojanas, Хой Ань, होइ एन प्राचीन सहर, Cidade Antiga de Hoi An, Хойан, Хој Ан, ฮอยอัน, Хоян, ہؤئی آن, 會安, 會安市

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