Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An was our final Vietnam destination and as far South as we were going to go since the big city of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) did not interest us. Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its tailors, shoe cobblers, and Ancient Town architecture (which is preserved by strict building codes and bylaws). Hoi An has a very relaxed beach town vibe to it. Farms, villages and beaches are all within a short easy biking distance from Ancient Town.


Hoi An riverfront


Ancient Town


Ancient Town is draped with bougainvillea



One of hundreds of tailors. This was not the one we bought from.


There were as many fruit sellers as there were tailors


Hoi An street at night



Riverfront at night


Lanterns everywhere


Famous Japanese Bridge. Built by the Japanese, this bridge connected the town to the Japanese settlement in the 16th-17th century. Only known covered bridge with attached Buddhist temple inside.


Lanterns and wishes ready to release


Lots of food vendors come out at night. This one had meat skewers.

Our goal for Hoi An was to get a little sun, grab some beach time and chill out. We had no plans to really check out the temples or other tourist sites other than walking around Ancient Town. Nor did we have plans to get any clothes tailored or shoes custom made which is what many tourists do when they get to Hoi An. But before we knew it, we were measured up for both clothes and shoes and our remaining cash envelope emptied. We did chill out in the sun by our hotel pool and squeezed in some beach time in between fittings though.


Custom tailored one of a kind jackets. We got to pick out all the material including the cool lining. Marc ordered one jacket and after the first fitting promptly ordered a second one. That’s how nice they were. He regrets not ordering any shirts.


Two pairs of custom made shoes. You show them a photo and they make it. We got carried away and had five pairs made.


An Bang Beach. One of two beaches in Hoi An.


Sibling time


Body surfing and almost losing his shorts.


Staying at the beach as long as we could

We’re scheming on when we can squeeze in a return trip to Hoi An. Unfortunately this is highly unlikely given our current travel schedule.


2 thoughts on “Hoi An, Vietnam

    • Thanks for reading my blog! I’m sure you will have a great time in Vietnam. Also, if you are planning to get some clothes tailored, we were very happy with the service and the finished products from our tailor – Canali Custom Tailor located at 79 Tran Hung Dao.


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