Coming: Take a bus or a plane in. Once you’re here, travel by bicycle or on foot.
Sleeping: Cloudy Homestay and Hostel– A nice little place. The rooms were decent, breakfast good and a nice vibe. Most of the accommodation is located around the same area- about 20-25 minute walk from the main part of town but Cloudy has a few bikes available for free.
Overall: 9/10 Price: $6 for a mixed dorm Average price for the city
Eating: Cao lầu is life. It is made with rice noodles, pork and greens. The rice for the noodles must be ground by stone and mixed with ash made from firewood from the Cham Islands (19km/11.8 miles) outside of Hội An and the water used to cook the noodles only comes from wells that are unique to Hội An. That being said, there are variations on how it can be served. They can differ in the way the pork is cooked, the use of different greens, the toppings- such as fried pork rind, peanuts, rice crackers or scallions and sometimes served with lime or chili jam. Once I started eating this, I never stopped.
Doing: Get clothes made, shop, visit Mỹ Sơn, beach, explore.
Buy- Browse all the shops while you’re searching for a place to make your clothes! Make sure to give yourself a day or two for your them to be made. They’re usually ready next day, but incase they get anything wrong better to have a little breathing room. Get dresses, rompers, shirts, suits, pjs, whatever! The more you buy from the same store the more bargaining power you have. And don’t worry about space, they can ship things home for you!
Mỹ Sơn- Ruins built between the 4th and 14th centuries dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. They’re beautiful and worth the day trip to go see! If you stay in SE Asia long enough, eventually you will probably start to become a bit numb to temples. It’s unfortunate, but true. Because of this I chose not to go.
Beach- Take bikes and head over to the beach. Even if it’s not always warm enough to swim, it’s nice to get away and relax for a bit.
Explore- The day and night markets are always bustling and the town lit up with lanterns along the river at night is beautiful.
Staying: 3 days was comfortable. You’ll want at least two if you’re getting clothes made.
Going: If you’re heading north Hue is a common next stop, if you’re heading south head towards Mui Ne and Nha Trang.