Moving on we caught our 4 hour bus from Hue to Hoi Ann. Hoi Ann we were told and read is a must stop destination.
Being in the center of the country, most travelers stop here. It is known for its custom tailoring, nightlife, and beaches.
I expected Hoi Ann to be smaller based on what I was told, but it was a pretty busy area.
The hotels here were great and very cheap (14 a night). Definitely the best place we had stayed in our travels so far. They call them Home stays here which are really just hotels with only 10 or so rooms.
After settling in, we decided to rent bicycles and explore a little bit.
First we went to Cuz Dai beach on the East side of town. It was about 15 minutes on bike from where we were staying. At first glance, the beach wasn’t that nice as there was a lot of construction and stuff going on so we kept peddling. On the other side of town was An Bang beach which was a bigger nicer beach.
We walked down the beach and jumped down the dunes.
All the locals were trying to get us to sit I’m their “free” chairs do they could force us to buy food or drinks from them.
There were fishermen out in the water in these little pods I haven’t seen before.
Another attraction here was the shopping. I am not a big shopper but the markets had amazing unique things to offer at super cheap prices. I bought a hammock which has been on my shopping list a couple years to go with my international hammock theme.
I also got 2 pairs of beautiful custom made sandals out of top quality leather. They actually trace your foot and measure the diameter in 3 places to make sure they are a perfect fit.
Things I didn’t buy because I didn’t “need” them which I will probably regret: wine with a real cobra snake in it eating a scorpion (can you get any more badass than that?), an aliens figurine made out of welded car parts and hardware, a Buddha made out of marble.
Old town was very lively and had some historic buildings, eating, and great night life.
We visited the markets
Where I proceeded to get ripped off on mangoes again but did get to help the old lady carry her fruit.
So that was Hoi Ann. I really enjoyed it like everyone else. Before we caught our 5pm night bus to Dalat I took the bike to the beach once more relaxed and went for a swim. On to our next adventure!