The very first time I visited Vietnam, I was 8 years old. I still remember to this day how excited I was to get on a long haul flight and experience something new.
Travelling to Vietnam this time I had exactly the same level of excitement. It has been three years since I last visited Vietnam and my gosh has it changed.
My Father moved to the incredible and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City 15 years ago, and I have always thought of it as my second home. I have seen it develop rapidly. But unfortunately I never had the chance to travel too far away.
This time I was determined to see a place I have always wanted to explore, the exotic and compelling town Hoi An.
Arriving In Vietnam
After my long journey from London to Ho Chi Minh City via Hanoi (a route I would never recommend). My sister and I decided to book flights to Da Nang for the next day.
We woke up early and headed to the airport. Flights were the quickest option as I was not staying in Vietnam for too long. We flew with VietJet Airlines, and for a budget airline they were pretty good. On time, and comfortable.
How to travel from Da Nang to Hoi An
We arrived in Da Nang at 11am, and decided to get a taxi to Hoi An. Make sure if you do get a taxi you get a green coloured one that has a metre.
There is a bus you can take, but we couldn’t figure out where to catch it from. The best idea is to contact your hostel/hotel before arriving so that they can organise your travel. Our hostel organised our trip from Hoi An to the airport in a shuttle bus. It was roughly $18 each.
We hadn’t yet booked a hostel, so we just picked the first one we saw on a google search and gave the taxi driver the address.
Vietnam Backpacker Hostels
We stayed for two nights at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels, and we were not disappointed. It was both of our first times staying in a hostel, so we wanted to ease ourselves in slowly, so we got a private room.
The room was really lovely and breakfast was included.
If you’re looking for a social hostel then this is definitely for you.
I would definitely recommend staying here if you are a solo traveller also.
The staff were so lovely and helpful. They helped us to book airport transfer back to the airport, and organised for us to go on an all day Jeep tour.
Things to do in Hoi An
Hoi An Motorbike Adventures – Jeep Tour
This was by far the best day out and so worth every penny.
The Jeep with an awesome driver and local tour guide picked us up at 9am from the hostel. Our first stop was Marble Mountain.
I highly recommend going to Marble Mountain early as it is a tourist attraction and gets very busy. It is so beautiful and a must see if you are in Hoi An.
Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoi An ancient town is incredible. We spent hours walking around and just exploring the beautiful sights.
It is extremely magical at night as there are beautiful lanterns everywhere that light up the town.
You can also go on a boat ride down the river which looks beautiful.
We spent the next two days exploring historic Hoi An, and I can honestly say I fell in love.
If you ever travel to South East Asia, make sure that Hoi An is on the top of your list. You will not be disappointed.