“YO WAN HOTEL?”
I woke up on the pavement in front of “BoBo cafe” to a motorcycle guy asking me this question.
I looked around and didn’t find “Greg” our friend from France and it turned out he woke up earlier and went looking for hotels.
After a while he came back with an address to an awesome hotel.
1) Phuoc An Hotel
This hotel was amazing, it had a very nice location and friendly staff.
Their rates were:
Double room: 22$
Triple room: 27$
Free computers with internet
Oh and they have a swimming pool xD
Was a pretty awesome hotel and we had no cheaper options so we booked a night.
2) Time for exploring
Since we had plenty of sleep the days before, we didn’t feel like resting so we headed for the streets right away.
We used a map to reach the places of interest in the city.
Half way we had the flood blocking our way, so basically all the interesting stuff that we can see were on the other side of the flood.
So what could we do? ….. well, what any sane backpacker would do …… walk through the flooded area xD
3) The old city
Walking through the water was quite interesting, the locals were taking videos of us when we were passing by their stores and houses xD
It was quite an experience seeing the locals go to their respective stores and start restoring the merchandise and cleaning up the place, the aftermath of the flood was very obvious.
Our destination was a historical Japanese bridge that is really famous in Hoi An.
Once we reached there, we found lots of boats that take people on a tour around the flooded area, charging 15000 dong for each for 15 mins ride.
We took a nice quick tour and witnessed the extent of the flood.
After that we walked around and found a historic Chinese pagoda that charged 130,000 dong for entry which was too much to pay, so we didn’t go in xD
4) The shops
In our way while walking in Hoi An, you get to see what the city is most famous for, souvenirs shops and tailors.
A must-do over there is getting a bicycle and just wonder around, it’s simply THE BEST!!
The tailor-made clothing business in Hoi An is booming, you can practically get the shop to design ANYTHING for you provided you have a picture of the article of clothing you desire.
The prices there are quite cheap as well, suits could would go for 50$
5) Night time
We head back for the hotel and slept for few hours, then we head back to the streets at night.
The city is very interesting and beautiful at night, we got to discover more interesting shops like this AWESOME place that sells breath-taking models for ships for surprisingly reasonable prices.
We also tried some street food like donuts, banana pancakes and coconut pie that costed around 10,000 dong per piece.
After we finished touring around, we went to a super nice cafe called “41cafe” that has such a friendly staff and awesome cheap food, we also found our friends and travel companions over there and we had a spectacular dinner.
6) On the road again
In the next morning we took our bikes for a quick spin before our bus and we met with our friend zaki who was in Hoi An as well.
Our stay in Hoi An was brief (only 2 nights), the next day we took the open tour bus to our next destination …….. Hanoi!!
But more on that later …….
Basel …… OUT
(All pictures are captured with Samsung Galaxy Note I & Note II phone cameras)