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I am impressed by Hoi An. It is a Tourist Town – but a nice Tourist Town.
I haven’t written up my Hoi An – Vietnam – Information yet (nor my Hoi An – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs), but I will when I leave on the 14th December 2015.
Hoi An will, also, be making it into my RETIREMENT REVIEWS at the same time.
I wanted to get out of the Old Town and look around the ‘edges’ a bit to get a better feel for what it might be like to live in the area.
I was staying at the An Hoi Hotel on An Hoi Island. They rent good, well maintained bicycles for the day at VND20k.
I packed my swimming trunks and a big bottle of water…
Here is a summary of my day trip route:
CAM NAM ISLAND:
I had excluded Cam Nam Island from my stay (this time) as being too far away from the Old Town. So, I headed there first.
There is some good accommodation on the island but the good ones tend to be ‘one-offs’ on otherwise average streets. There is no ‘pocket’ where you find a group of quality houses. But, it is definitely somewhere for GRANDPAckers to consider when looking at long-term accommodation.
CUA DAI BEACH:
Heading back over the bridge to the mainland, I turned right and headed for Cua Dai Beach along the main road. It takes about 25 minutes to get there at a leisurely pace.
When you first hit the beach from the main road, you will face another ‘scam’. You will be asked to park your bicycle or scooter in a specific parking spot and they will try and charge you VND10k to park your bike (I don’t know what the price is for a scooter).
Cua Dai Beach was, surprisingly deserted with just the odd ‘splatter’ of loungers next to local cafes. An excellent place to stop for a while and have a relaxing swim.
There are long-term accommodation options in this area and, for those who want a beach life and are happy to use transport (bicycle, scooter, or taxi) to get in and out of the Old Town (as and when), this would be a good long-term stay area. An Ban Beach too.
TRA QUE ISLAND:
Heading back inland you cross Tra Que Island. This is a very ‘rural’ island with some very nice scenery.
NIGHT FISH MARKET:
Heading across country back down south to the Song Thu Bon again, you hit the waterfront at the Night Fish Market west of Hoi An.
This is a rustic little place set in a rustic little fishing village.
I was back in the Old Town at sunset. I had been out and about on my bicycle for 7 hours. I might have covered about, say, 15 kilometers – but it didn’t feel like it. I was just pottering around at my own pace (stressing no muscles) and lapping up the atmosphere.
It was a very pleasant way to spend a day.
There are many (and varied) accommodation options within 2-3 kilometers of the Old Town.
The area around central Hoi An still holds its charm and is littered with scenic spots and pleasant living.
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