Finally what we’d been waiting for – the Vietnam that comes to mind when you’re dreaming of the legendary beaches, quaint streets and characterful buildings. Still a town for the tourist, but without compromising on its beauty.

With its narrow criss-crossed streets and rickety city bicycles for rent on nearly every corner, there was only one way we wanted to explore Hoi An.

We handed over our one dollar each and immediately took the straight road out to the beach.

vietnam cone hat

We sunbathed for a while and tried out the amazing noodle soups in the local restaurants along the beach front, before heading back to explore the old town.

Vietnamese food

Hoi An town is how we imagined Vietnam to look like in our heads; old, colourful buildings along the lakeside and fairytale-like lanterns strung from trees.

Vietnam lanterns
Although this area is everybody’s favourite and the streets are pretty crowded, don’t miss the Japanese Bridge and the carnival feel at the night market.


The roads were flat and smooth, the scenery was spectacular and it was hilarious watching the locals pile everything from mattresses to dead pigs onto their trusted bikes.

The only thing we were missing was a conical hat.

Charlotte & Sarah x

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