Welcome to our second installment of TEFL Nomads on the Road. Each month one of our TEFL Nomads talks about a favorite travel location. This month we join Louise in Hoi An, Vietnam.
A UNESCO world heritage town since 1999, Hoi An sits near the coast on the Thu Bon river and is a former trading port with a rich and diverse history. Hoi An is famous for its eclectic architecture and also its food, both of which originate from this melting-pot culture. French colonial meets Chinese traditional with a smattering of old Japanese and modern Vietnamese to create an architectural and culinary flavor that is uniquely Hoi An.
- The Japanese bridge
- Temples and assembly halls
- An Bang beach village
- My Son ruins
- Cham Islands
- A river boat trip
- A cookery course
- Bike tours around the paddy fields
- Central market & Night market
Fly straight into Da Nang international airport from anywhere in the region. A taxi will cost around US$ 11 one way.
Hoi An is a great place to get clothes, shoes and leather goods made or copied, although the quality varies greatly. Look for recommendations on Trip Advisor, bring photos or samples for them to copy and negotiate hard about the price!
Most restaurants close by 10.30pm and Hoi An old town becomes a ghost town. There are a couple of late night bars but be wary about taking one of the motorbike taxis home that hang around them â€“ there is little tourist crime in Hoi An but what there is generally centres around these fellas.
Around the markets, bartering is expected. The general rule is to offer half of the first price quoted and settle on less than somewhere in the middle! Walking away usually results in you getting the price you are after and you will be pursued with shouts of â€œOk! Ok!â€.
If you want your visit to benefit local people in need, try the cafes and shops in town that support charitable ventures, such as Lifestart, Kianh Foundation and Reaching Out. Avoid visiting the orphanage as they have a reputation of exploiting photo opportunities with the disabled kids who donâ€™t necessarily experience the benefits of the profits.
Nu Eatery, a quirky little fusion restaurant located in a side alley in the old town, does the best steamed buns you will ever have.
The best local pho (noodle soup) is served for breakfast at 329 Cua Dai.
Enjoy a sunset, cocktail and live music at Soul Kitchen, An Bang.