Hoi An may be one of the largest tourist destinations in the Vietnam but don’t let that deter you. It turns out people flock there for good reason. Hoi An has great beaches, restaurants, places to stay and things to do. We specifically drove to Hoi An to check out the Lantern Festival. We also got to celebrate Christmas with a Vietnamese twist.
Hoi An Top Things to Do
Included in the our stay at Tra Que Hotel was a cooking class. While guests are invited to help in the creation of their noodle bowls, it’s heavily suggested that they just watch so they don’t screw up everything.
Even though it’s famous for it’s tailors, the last thing we expected to do was pick up custom clothes. Allison explained that she had now mastered riding a motorcycle by herself and was ready to carry luggage beyond just a single pillow. That made it easy to decide that we could in fact lug around more clothes. Allison had dresses made for every occasion she might possibly need them for the rest of her life. Meanwhile, I had a leather motorcycle jacket made from scratch and imbued with defensive wards. Some say the sentient jacket still casts a spell of protection over me to this day.
After taking in the Hoi An Lantern Festival, we ventured to My Son Sanctuary just outside of Hoi An Vietnam. Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary is a cluster of ruined Hindu temples spread across a relatively large area that tourists can get up close with. My Son is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and that’ll be it for facts today. Being rather simple minded, we were still surprised that people are just allowed to go jumping around on these ancient temples and touching anything they feel like.
If you are gearing up for your own Vietnam motorcycling adventure consider checking out this video. We go over some basic items you’ll want to bring with to make your trip much better (and drier!)
Isn’t your name Allison? Yes. My maiden name is Finney. Most people call me by a nickname. You can call me Fin.
FAVORITE PLACES: Dubai, Argentina, Santorini and Croatia.
FAVORITE TRAVEL MEMORY: Kids in rural Philippines jumping and shouting HELLO whenever they saw two awkwardly tall white people trying to keep up with them on a scooter.