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Hoi An, everyone's favorite. I think it's definitely one of the must go place in Vietnam. The ancient town has a great vibe. I was there only for 2 days though and i went to My Son too on my second day. It's only 2 hours away by bike.
My local friend from Da Nang rode me to Hoi An. :) There are buses available at only $2 and it takes about 45mins.
I stayed in at Trisbee Hostel which cost $11 per night. Hostels in Hoi An cost a little more, that's why i was only there for one night. I chose Trisbee Hostel because it's near the Ancient Town. There are also many nice hostels near An Bang beach, if you prefer a more chillax experience. I knew i would want to spend the night at the ancient town, admiring the beautiful lightings, so i didn't want to have to cycle all the way back to An Bang beach area after a long night. That was why.
On my first day in Hoi An, my local friend brought me to Thanh Ha Pottery Village - entrance fee $2. It's a pretty cool place with a lot of unique potteries. I love the world famous icon miniatures exhibition!
I spent the late afternoon and evening walking around the old town. The old town is exceptionally nice in the evening when the sun is setting. Go to the river bay for the perfect sunset view, then cross the bridge to the night market. By right, you have to buy a entrance ticket which cost about $4 to enter the old town. It includes entrance fee to 4 museums. I wanted to save money, so i didn't get it. I walked through the ticket counter as if i already bought the ticket. They don't usually check, they will simply ask "have you bought your ticket?", and i said "yes". haha. The rules about the ticket is still very unclear, so i just ignored it because i dont intend to visit the Museums.
I rented a motorbike for $6 on my second day to go places around Hoi An, which includes An Bang Beach and some coconut plantations. It nice to cycle too instead of riding, but i wanted to visit My Son too, that's why.
I had some issue with my bike on my way to My Son, thankfully i managed to get it fixed at $12. My Son to me, wasn't that impressive, probably because i've been to Angkor Wat and it is way better, of course. But it was still nice riding around.
There are lots of food to try in Hoi An, namely, chicken rice, a little similar to our Singapore Chicken Rice but ours is way better of course, lol. They use glutinous rice instead, still tasty. Cao Lau, Hoi An specialty noodle. Hen tron, which is made from many baby clams, and the locals eat it with rice crackers, delicious! You will be able to find them at the Local Market.
Overall, Hoi An is a nice place to visit. I definitely wouldn't want to miss it out. A lot of people go there to tailor suits and dresses, I was a little tempted to do so when I was walking along the row of streets of beautiful dresses. But i knew i didn't need them. I personally wouldn't want to stay too long in Hoi An though, because is very touristy, that's also why it's more expensive to stay as compared to Da Nang, for instance. Check out my experience in Da Nang, i love that place!