|Buddha left, forgetting to put his face on!|
Surprisingly, I loved every minute of every day of my stay in Hoi An, didn't want to leave, and definitely will go back there.
Hoi An is a little bit like a Disneyland version of Asia, but it does not drown in tourists and has a relaxed, charming feel to it.
Another pro is that the city is only about 3 miles away from the beach and it's absolutely worth walking or cycling there (you can always take a moto back). Hoi An's beach is where the Essex boy and I welcomed the year 2012 (that's sounds dreadfully romantic...), as nobody in Vietnam really celebrates on 31st December, not even in this touristy place.
|baby clams with spices at the market|
Talking about cycling, we went on a market tour/bike trip/organic/farm trip/cooking class in the outskirts of Hoi An, which was, in spite of the rain, one of the best things I did in Vietnam - after Hoi An itself. We booked it a day before with The Sinh Tourist for about $18.
Another great place is Lifestart Foundation's headquarters, an organisation that trains and provides work for disabled people in the area. We were too late to get a place in their lantern making workshop, but I bought some handmade body care products that Lush would envy. Oh, and there was that spa.. but that is another story.
For the "regular" attractions (temples, old houses, museums) of Hoi An, you can get a ticket to visit 5 of them from the tourist offices, and I was seriously considering to buy another one (there are over 20 sites to visit) - but then, I figured out I will be back to Hoi An and will see those places next time.