A Tailored fit in Old Town Hoi An
Hoi An is a captivating place that transports you back in history, as you roam through it's charming architecture in Old Town. Shops are tightly aligned one after the other, creating a never-ending labyrinth of tailors and silk shops, enough to drive even the modest shopper to splurge into a spending spree! At night the roads in Old Town are closed off to motor traffic, providing a chance to stroll this maze of rural charm and wares worry free. You can spend countless hours wandering from store to store in search of the perfect place to get your quintessential souvenir, a traditional piece of clothing made of the finest silk by time honoured tailors. The canal that cuts through Hoi An is characteristic of an ancient oriental waterway spiced with some modern flairs, pleasing even the most particular of people with its wares. Balconies adorned with bright red, white, and yellow Chinese Lanterns will set your shopping path aglow both from above and from their watery reflection below, offering the perfect mood lighting for a night of exploration.
It's hard to deny your appetite Hoi An. The food here is so simply delectable, that practically everywhere you look people are constantly snacking on something whether it be a bowl of Pho or a little baguette on the corner. Take a break from shopping and rest your feet as you enjoy a local Hoi An specialty dish called Lao Cau, a noodle dish mixed with pork, chicken, or beef, some fresh basil, oleander, raw onion, and an absolutely delicious sauce.
Hoi An is a timeless town that you can spend weeks in and feel like you just arrived yesterday. It’s not hard to understand why Old Town Hoi An achieved the status of UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. The town oozes culture and it is the perfect place to find your personally tailored piece of the Vietnamese culture to bring home with you.
When to Go to Hoi An
Wander the streets with giddy excitement as you try to narrow down the endless supply of restaurants for dinner or maybe grab a baguette from a street vendor for a snack, either way you will not be sorry. The local cuisine is absolutely amazing and very reasonably priced.
Beyond the preserved streets of Old Town Hoi An, you can venture out to the beach that stretches along the edge of town. Rent a bike or hop on the back of a motorbike and enjoy the 4km scenic ride lined with freshly planed rice fields. A day can easily be spent enjoying a cold drink on the beach and staring off into the distance at the islands nestled off the coast. The white sand seem to stretch on for miles. If you want a travel spot that has authentic small town charm, yet has the extras you desire, a visit to Hoi An is a must.
Odds n' Ends
There is no shortage of sleeping options ranging from the budget traveler to high end hotels. There has been a hotel boom in town during the last few years making it quite easy to find something to fit anyone's budget.
There are quite a few choices for tailors in Hoi An and it is advisable to do at least a little bit of research with regard to the type of stitching and materials you would be requiring. For example, real silk actually burns if you light it on fire. So if you can get a small sample, try it.
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