Charming Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is absolutely charming. We weren’t sure if we were going to head there or not until we spoke with other travelers when we were in southern Vietnam asking them for recommendations. Everyone told us that Hoi An was their favourite place that they had seen in Vietnam and we totally agree. It was very pretty, very relaxed and the people there are so so nice. The guest house that we stayed at had bicycles that we could use for free. We really enjoyed peddling all over the the beautiful old town and exploring the countryside. It is a much smaller town so traffic was much calmer and the whole pace was low key. Looking through these photos really make us smile and pinch each other that we were actually there.

We hope you’re enjoying touring through Vietnam with us. Tomorrow we’ll share our photos from Hanoi and Halong Bay with you.


The next day we were up early to go on a bicycle tour of the countryside with Heaven & Earth Bicycle Tours. The mist in the morning was so beautiful.We were excited to take one of the ferries that we had been watching the day before.This tiny hardware store by the boat builders had the biggest nails!This amazing craftsman was hand cutting really detailed mother of pearl for inlays.You can see the flood line from last year’s flood hand written on the wall. The communist posters always looked so cheerfulAnother stop that we made on the Heaven & Earth bicycle tour in the countryside was at this couple’s ice making factory. We really loved how entrepreneurial the Vietnamese people are. It was inspiring to see.Fields full of the reeds used to make sleeping mats
A fancy family temple This floating bridge was so fun to ride our bikes acrossEven though it was incredibly hot out we always saw Vietnamese women riding around completely covered up so that they didn’t get any sun on their skin.Our last stop on our countryside bicycle tour was at these ladies’ home where they were weaving sleeping mats. Sleeping mats like these below on a Vietnamese style bed. Once we saw these we realized why so many of the beds we slept in at our hotels were so so hard.The reeds used for the sleeping mats drying in the sunWe took a boat back to Hoi An
Our adorable tour guide made Roger move so that she could sit beside me on our trip back to Hoi An. We had a lovely time chatting and giggling away.The amazing Yaly where we had beautiful clothes tailor made for us. Hoi An is filled with pretty lanternsCute little shop where we bought a suitcase to put our new clothes inOn our last night in Hoi An the lovely staff at Betel Garden Homestay invited us to a long table dinner with the other guests. It was a lovely evening.We hired this guy to make some stamps for us and he did an incredible job.We took in one last temple before our flight to Hanoi

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  • Doug Burns

    on April 3, 2012  5:25 pm

    Wow! This might be the best travel album ever! Your superb photography and your real sense of curiosity and fun has really brought this place to life. Dorothy and I are madly scheming on how we can get to Vietnam next year -- a place we had no particular interest in until we started looking at your photos.

    Great work, Roger and Holly!

    • holly

      on April 3, 2012  5:34 pm

      Oh really? Thank you so much, Doug! How exciting that we have peaked your curiosity about Vietnam. Hoi An was so lovely and I think what especially made it so was all of the wonderful locals that we met. They all warmed our hearts.

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