From Hue, I took a bus to Hội An, the town of the Vietnamese lanterns! What I didn’t know, is how romantic this place was! Great as a solo female traveller 😉 Nonetheless, there was so much to do and see! I decided to stay a little longer to rest and to enjoy the beach as well! What’s your verdict? Is Hội An one of the most romantic places in the world?
A sightseeing tour to get to the next destination
A really cool thing was that I took a tour to get to Hội An instead of just taking a regular bus. It stopped at a few places on the way such as Thanh Toan Bridge, Hải Vân Quan and the Hải Vân Pass, the Marble Mountains and Danang. This way I got to see a few sights without having to book a separate tour or having to rent a scooter.
When I arrived in Hội An, I booked a really nice place just outside of the historic centre. They provided me with a bicycle so I could explore the area easily and for free! The first stop was, of course, the old town, which is like an open-air museum. There are some beautiful heritage buildings, Chinese temples, wooden houses and a Japanese-designed bridge. The streets are filled with lanterns which are especially nice to see at night. You can make a lovely boat trip here but don’t expect this to be a private one with just your partner! They’ll fill up the boats but it still looks super fun and romantic!
Make your own lantern!
Of course, it is very easy to buy a nice lantern during your visit. But as I love creative workshops, I decided to book a DIY lantern-making workshop! The workshop lasted about 3 hours and it was so much fun!
Reaching Out Teahouse
The following morning I decided to have some tea and a cake in a very special place. I went to the Reaching Out Teahouse, a place that provides opportunities for people with disabilities. A lot of staff are visually impaired or have a hearing impairment. The place feels extremely peaceful and humble! Don’t forget to visit the workshop and the shop as well. They make beautiful porcelain plates, cups and other pieces here!
Beaches in Hội An
I really wanted to relax a little as well after having travelled for a few weeks, if not months! There are some lovely places where you can visit the beach. If you go to the main beach, you’ll have to pay to park. But if you venture out a little further, you’ll be able to park for free and find some lovely quiet beaches. You can visit Bãi biển Cửa Đại beach and take a fresh dip in the sea!
One of the silliest things I saw here was the Coconut Boat Tours. Each to their own of course, but this wasn’t for me! I cycled passed it and there were TONS of tourists here paying top Dollar to make a boat tour. Nature here is so pretty but it was polluted with loud music and way too many people. Instead, I kept cycling around and I came passed a similar place but without heaps of tourists. You could also book a more intimate boat tour here and just enjoy the nature around you. You’ll see these basket boats everywhere in this part of Vietnam by the way! In Mui Ne, they use them to fish and it is fun to see how the fishermen use them.
Overall, I really liked the vibe of Hội An and I was happy I stayed a bit longer! This way I was fresh for my onward journey to Nha Trang and Mui Ne!
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