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.
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.
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.