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The crowds suddenly turn silent as soon as she struts on stage. She has a disarming smile that makes everyone take notice. With her effortless charm and confidence, everyone can see she's a winner. No sleazy stunts, falling off the stage or mention of 'world peace' necessary. She is pure beauty and and elegance in physical form.That's exactly how we felt when we finally laid our eyes on Hoi An. By this time, I was getting jaded with Vietnam. We've walked the busy streets of Saigon, rode through the breathtaking rolling hills of Dalat, partied on a boat in Nha Trang. But all I saw were cities, Western influence and modernity.
Where were the quaint little towns? Where were the unique, colorful shops? And how about the slow paced village life that I've always seen portrayed in the travel agency posters? Hoi An has all that and more.
Here's why Hoi An is the evident winner in Vietnam's beauty contest of cities:
Because she stands out in the crowd.
An Bang beach is a less known destination in Hoi An. But if you take the 2.5 km ride via motorbike or a bicycle, you will be rewarded with a quiet beach. A place where you can have a Beer Saigon and just watch the local life pass by. Be careful, you may spend hours here without realizing it!
Because her beauty is simple and effortless.
The ancient ruins of My Son in Hoi An is worth the day trip if you want to see some religious and historical sites. Don't forget to bring your camera since this will be a fantastic photo opportunity. You can also take a slow boat down the river to get back to town.
Because you can see her charm even in little corners.
Hoi An is the perfect little place for custom made suits and dresses. Many shops boast of beautiful textiles and excellent craftsmanship that would cost you only a fraction of the retail price.
Because she shines like the Star that she is.
Going around town on motorbike costs you around $3-5 USD and day rentals for bikes would be about $1 USD. This is a fun way to explore this quaint town!
Getting there: Book a flight to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi then take a bus to Hoi An. Or you can do it the Sole Sister way by booking a sleeper bus from Nha Trang to Hoi An through Sinh Cafe's Open Bus Ticket.Have I convinced you to cast your vote for Hoi An? Isn't she a stunner?
Still amazed by her beauty,
Sole Sister Lois