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With just over one full day to really get a taste of the town we knew it would be a busy one, but exploring Hoi An was still good fun.
For those who read my previous post you’ll know that we got to Hoi An via an Easy Rider experience where we were driven on motorbikes from Hue over the course of a day, and it was awesome!
Hoi An isn’t the most budget friendly of Vietnamese destinations so we decided to stay in a hostel for our couple of nights there and decided Backhome Hostel & Bar was the best fit for us; located just outside of the old town and with a spacious double ensuite we were happy with our choice.
The majority of the ‘must do’ sights are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are located in the Old Town so naturally we spent a fair amount of our time there, especially on our one full day of exploring Hoi An.
Due to the UNESCO status in the Old Town it is expected you have a ticket which allows you to walk around the area and also visit five of the attractions, so the first thing we did was purchase said tickets then narrow down the five buildings we wished to visit. After some research during breakfast we chose the following:
Cẩm Phô Communal House / Cẩm Phô Temple
Quang Trieu (Cantonese) Assembly Hall
Tran Family Chapel
Old House of Tan Ky
It was a ridiculously hot day so we took our time getting around the above and of course stopped off for a refreshing lemonade at Metiseko and lunch at the lovely Búp Café.
In the end we did only use four tickets but had it not been quite so sweltering I’m sure we’d have used them all up. The Japanese Bridge itself doesn’t use up a ticket unless you go into the attached museum so of course we paid the bridge a visit too, numerous times in fact!
Hoi An is a really lovely town and I’m sure on more of a holiday budget could have been explored further but for us I’m not too sure what else we could have got up to without spending big bucks. That said I’d be very happy to return in the future that’s for sure.