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What to do in HoiAn

HOI AN

You can either choose to stay in the city of Da Nang, or 30 kms away at Hoi An near the beach (if you're a beach person. Not much else to do there) or closer to town (which is close to all the shops and sight-seeing).

After flying into Da Nang, we taxied down to Hoi An and checked in at the An Bang Beach Villa which was a beautiful new property a hop, skip & jump away from the beach. The beach itself was beautiful with a number of basket-boats on the shore and was great for swimming.

The hotel provided cycles free-of-charge but encouraged us to hire scooters as distances were long and the sun was too hot for cycling. The ride to the town was lovely with lush green rice fields on either sides.

What to do in HoiAn

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Japanese Covered Bridge - A quaint little wooden bridge constructed by the Japanese in the early 1600's.

Tailoring - Hoi An is well known for its tailors. There are streets lined with Tailor shops. Clothes can be stitched within a day. Most tailors will try and rip you off. You can alternatively pick clothes off the hangars after bargaining down the price. Most materials and patterns seen at HoiAn were not seen in other cities.

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Pottery Village - You can visit the Pottery Village along the riverbanks a short ride away from town, where you are given a chance at the potter's wheel to make your own bowl or ashtray or flower vase, on which you can write your name, all included in the ticket. In addition while leaving you are presented with a cute little gift.

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HoiAn Night Market - A great place to pass an evening. Lots of street shopping, food stalls and live music.

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Lanterns by day

The Lanterns of HoiAn - Located at the start of the Street Market. A great photo-op. The lantern displayed outside the shops look great in the day and even more spectacular at night when illuminated.

Dragon Boat ride - Take a ride in the dragon boat and float a lantern with a wish in the river.

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Marble Mountain (My Son Sanctuary) - On the road leaving DaNang. This is not to be missed. Lots of scrambling, climbing and descending involved. Slippery marble stairs, narrow tunnels and secret caves. You can choose to go up by the elevator at a price, or climb up yourself. The mountain and the cave are ticketed separately. The mountain is of marble and has lots of Buddha statues carved on it. The Am Phu cave is breath-taking and is the wow-factor of the mountain.

Tip: Wear non-skid trainers, a cap/hat and carry enough water.

Posted by melroy p 21:25 Archived in Vietnam Tagged walking street travel indian vietnam visa saigon hanoi halong mekong ben tips cu chi ho minh hue hoi an pho thanh delta da bia chá nang hcm bun vien bui

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