WHAT TO SEE & DO IN HOI AN

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After researching Hoi An through a variety of sources we made the decision to add it to one of our stops in Vietnam. I’m so glad we did! It’s a smaller city to spend a couple of days in. Here is a list of just a few things we think you should definitely check out!

Shop at the Night Market

The bright colored lanterns that fill the streets during the night market is what attracted me to this city.  There are a variety of handcrafted shops with the perfect souvenirs to take back home or street-cart-food that is worth a try (banana pancakes are a must).

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Day trip to My Son

We booked with Onetrip for a day excursion out of Hoi An it was by far the most personal experience in a “tour”. It was just Brian and I and two tour guides, it almost felt like we were just hanging around with new friends. This is whole day experience that will take you on an adventure through the outskirts of Hoi An and to My Son.

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Get a tailor-made suit or dress

Have you ever wanted a tailored suit but can’t afford it? Well, this is the place to get anything you want tailored for a very affordable price and great quality.  All throughout Hoi An, you will find shops to choose from and if you like something from the window they will make adjustments to fit you perfectly. In fact, I liked something from Pinterest and they made it for me and I picked it up the next day. I wish shopping was this easy back home!

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Try the local street food

Don’t be afraid to try the local street food because they are some of the best places to eat and usually cost you less than 5 dollars! Now that a great deal! You can definitely notice that this is where the locals eat when eating out.

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Ahhh writing this just makes want to go back to Hoi An! Have you been? What are some of your favorite things you did?

 

HA LONG BAY PHOTO DIARY

Indescribable is the word that comes to mind when I try to explain to people how breath taking this place truly is. Jade waters with limestone islands all around just like in the movie King Kong! We were in a magical place full of serenity (no big gorilla ha) that made it my favorite place in Vietnam. Take a look at the beauty you will be surrounded by if you decide on this destination!

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WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO VIETNAM

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Visa is required for most travelers

If you arrive into Vietnam without a visa you will not be allowed into Vietnam. I would recommend filling out your application at least 6 weeks in advance to make sure you get it in time! We got ours 2 days before we left so we were starting to get concerned we were not going and we gave them 4 weeks to approve it. Here is the link on how to get your visa requested if it is required, Vietnam Embassy.

Dong is the currency

The bills can be confusing at times when you are purchasing thing in a hurry because they all look so similar. Be careful and take the time to count your money until you get the hang of things. Make sure you know the exchange rate of the Dong before going so you can make your budget.

 How to access data

I would highly recommend buying a local carrier SIM’s card upon your arrival. These are often sold at the airport or even local convenience stores for about 15-20 US dollars. We only bought one and we shared it because you don’t really need it on every phone.

 Vaccinations 

You don’t want to get sick while on vacation so I would highly recommend taking all the precautions not to. Before you leave on your trip make sure you have the following vaccinations: flu shot, hepatitis A & B, typhoid, and tetanus. This link provides more information on such vaccinations.

Negotiate

Don’t be afraid to negotiate or walk away and find a better price to buy your souvenirs! Almost everything is up for negotiation but keep in mind to keep it at a fair price. Vietnam has many night and day markets where you will be able to practice your negotiating skills.

 Traffic is crazy

There are so many motorcycles crossing from every direction of the street and you just have to take the leap of faith and start crossing the street! Don’t STOP just keeping going and they will go around you because that is completely normal. Watch some YouTube videos of Vietnam’s traffic so you get a sense of what I’m talking about! I would recommend taking an Uber in the city because it’s a fun experience and is seriously so cheap.