Hoi An

Episode 5

I can’t say what made me fall in love with Vietnam – that a woman’s voice can drug you; that everything is so intense. The colors, the taste, even the rain.
--Graham Greene

We are changing South Vietnam for the North, with a short stopover in Hoi An. This was supposed to be the last moments of relaxation before we hit the roads in the mountains. Despite being there just for 2 days, it was full of nice experiences.

After arriving from Danang airport, we had a short morning coffee break and visited the local market on a way to our homestay. Finally, we had managed to taste ripped avocados. Then we went to explore the city, but we got stuck in literally the first tailor shop we met. Suddenly, girls got measured and dresses were ordered.

Following that, girls bought me a shirt as a compensation. We had a nice dinner on the city promenade in an ancient town, full of colourful lanterns (Lucia insists it is fairytale Tangled in real life) and walked through the night market (bit over-turistic though).

Next morning we rented bikes and we headed to the Marble Mountains. However, we met our first problem on the roads - a flat tire. We couldn’t get help from anyone around, so we stopped to eat something before we called the hotel. Unexpectedly, the lady that sold us Bahn Mi (vietnamese baguette) took us to some local experts and they had fixed it within 10 minutes. 🚴‍♂️

Happily, we were able to arrive at the Marble Mountains. A local marble business woman had targeted us right on the crossroad and offered us free parking. Then, we visited the temple complex on the mountain with plenty of caves. The best spot was the highest peak with a wonderful view.

On a way back, we rushed to pick up the new tailor-made dresses. Girls had worn them when we went for a dinner to the city and they had received plenty of compliments from the locals. We didn’t stay for too long, as we were having an early flight next morning.

Travellers tip: When booking a hotel in Hoi An, always check the picture of the bathroom. Many bathrooms don’t have doors there. 🙈