Our trip to Vietnam had to be one of the best vacations I have taken. I loved the people, the food, and the nature. We spent about a week vacationing in Hoi An after an intense work trip in Hong Kong. Traveling around Vietnam was easy. We flew into Saigon and played tourist for about 2 days. We then took Vietjet which was such a great little airline over to Da Nang and then a cab to Hoi An.
Saigon is where most travelers start their journey in Vietnam. It is a hustling and bustling South East Asian City filled with motorbikes, temples, great food, fun night life, and lots of other travelers. We spent a few days here visiting temples, getting massages, drinking, and exploring the city.
The Lunch Lady of Saigon
We read about a lady in Saigon over at Gastronomy Blog that makes a different soup everyday that people rave about. Anthony Bourdain had visited her before and supposedly returns back every time he is in Vietnam. You find this small outdoor restaurant near a street corner, sit on child like plastic chairs, and eat some of the most flavorful soup you’ll ever have. The soup cost only $2.50 and it rocked my world. I still think about it. I will make a pilgrimage here on every trip I take to Vietnam.
When we arrived at Hoi An we stayed at Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa. They had a lovely breakfast buffet every morning, a pool, spa stuff and it was easy to find random strangers and hop on the back of their mopeds to get around. It was reasonable and really quite nice. The staff was very helpful, the beds were comfortable, they had nice showers and it felt like a vacation.
Lantern Town Restaurant in Hoi An
Lantern Town Restaurant in the center of Hoi An was great. We just laid there and ate and drank for hours. We got 2 bottles of Chilean wine and a ton of food and the total came to about $45. There is a lot of food that is really cheap but this was really nice splurge in Hoi An.
Custom Clothes in Hoi An
Having clothes custom made for you is the big industry in Hoi An. We visited several different shops but ultimately decided on Yaly Couture. Everything will be about $50 – $100 for girls stuff and they can do anything. I would go on a designer website and pick out any outfit that I wanted and have them make it for me. They are super friendly and everyone should have this fantastic experience. We would go to Yaly’s in the morning for a fitting and to pick out different garments and fabrics. After that we would head to the beach, swim, tan, eat and drink until about 4pm or so. We then went back to Yaly’s for our next fitting nice and buzzed. They would have water ready for us and we got to try on a bunch of clothes buzzed. This was heaven! After our second fitting of the day we would go eat somewhere amazing and probably also tie in a spa treatment of some kind.
I would go back in a heartbeat – loved it all!