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?

 

5 Top Things To Do in Hong Kong

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5 Top Things To Do in Hong Kong

1.  Be stunned by the views of Victoria Peak

This is the highest lookout point of Hong Kong where you can see the whole city! From the harbor to endless city buildings you will be stunned by the view. The quickest and most scenic way to the top of the peak is taking The Peak Tram. The cost is 28 Hong Kong Dollars to buy there and the wait is long so arrive early to beat the crowds.

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2. Check out Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island

I would recommend at least half of a day here because you have to travel to this island by metro and tram or bus. We decided to hop on the metro to Lantau Island and do the tram to the top and on the way down we did the bus and back to the metro to Hong Kong. There are 268 steps leading up to the Great Buddha from the Poh Lin Monestary below and has wonderful views from the top!

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3. Shop at the Ladies Market

This market is not just for ladies everyone is welcome! With over 100 vendors you can find all your souvenirs here and make sure to bargain. The Ladies Market is located between Tung Choi Street and Boundary Street. There are also other markets within walking distance to check out like the Flower Market or The Goldfish Market.

4. Grab some lunch at One Sum

This is my favorite restaurant in Hong Kong! I can’t really tell you what I ordered because well I can’t even pronounce it or remember it, but everything we ate there was delicious. We had this recommend to by a friend who lived in Hong Kong and wasn’t very touristy. You literally point and smile to order your food!

5. Take the Star Ferry to watch Symphony of Lights

Every night at 8 p.m. the show begins and all the buildings near the harbor glow to the sound of music.  It’s the world largest light show and a must see if you’re in Hong Kong. There are different view points and you can’t go wrong, but arrive early to get a front row seat to the action (picture at the top).