By day Hoi An was an easy going travellers dream. There were plenty of taxi on the roads, but foot or pedal power was all that was required to explore the many temples and colourful streets of Hoi An.
Do as the locals do.
Of course it wouldn’t be South East Asia without a mass of mopeds and pedal powered food carts. These guys were cool though, there was no hard sell in action, just an understanding smile when you politely declined their invitation to purchase.
Where the hard sell did come into play was when the tailors get a hold of you.
Hoi An is famous for it’s tailoring, and popular with westerners due to it’s affordability when compared with tailor made clothing back home.
The process is simple, pick a catalogue, pick a design, get measured, come back the next day to check the fit, come back the day after that the pick up you new suit/shirts/shoes etc.
Chances are that it will be all of the above you collect, rather than just a singular item. As I mentioned, there is a hard sell, but it’s still value for money at the end of the day.
For more info on tailoring in Hoi An, give this post a read –> Hoi An – How much does a tailored mens suit cost?
Now that you’ve explored the temples, biked around town and been fitted for your new whistle and flute (cockney translation here), it’s probably time you hit the beach and indulge in a little R&R.
An Bang beach is the perfect spot for this and is reachable by yet more peddle power, or you can take a cab like we did.
If you’re a pale Brit like me and burn easily, there is shade provided by a spectacular row of palm trees, but you still might want to leave the beach until later in the afternoon, just as the locals do. Hot hot!
Hoi An by night = colourfully lit lanterns, and they’re everywhere.
The girlfriend and I filled a succession of evenings simply stolling the banks of the Sông Thu Bồn and taking in the beautiful colours.
… of course there was also a bit of shopping, a few beers and some spring rolls thrown in for good measure. We’re only human.