Thanks initially to the work from Vietnam Vespa Adventures — and of course the Top Gear special with Clarkson et al parading old motorbikes the length and breadth of Vietnam — scooter tours are all the rage in Vietnam. And now a new, fuel-free, drive-it-yourself tour is running out of Hoi An — a tour by electric scooter.
Chicken rice or com ga is a favourite daily eat in both Southern and Central Vietnam, but where does it actually come from? Words by Nick Ross
The unspoilt view of the Thu Bon River is one of the highlights of stopping by the Sleepy Gecko Chillout Bar in Hoi An. Owner Steve Harrison, who is originally from the north of England and is not a stranger to wet weather, woke to a surprise on the morning of Nov. 16.
Everyone has heard the saying ‘there is something in the water’, but that ‘something’ in Hoi An is the secret ingredient for one of the most delicious dishes in Vietnam.
This month Metiseko’s Hanoi boutique will relocate to 71 Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem.
In support of charities supporting vulnerable children in Hoi An, Monster Swim will challenge 60 swimmers to battle the current and the odds on Aug 18 in Hoi An, swimming between one and 10 kilometres along the historic town’s picturesque coastline. The swim culminates in a public finish line at Cua Dai Beach, where spectators can cheer on swimmers as they take their final strokes.
The Central tourist hub has many qualities, but one of its most endearing is its monthly lantern festival, celebrated on the 14th day of each lunar month.
Located in the heart of Hoi An’s old town, Hoi An Fine Art photo gallery is the first of its kind in central Vietnam. Using only imported archival photo paper, owner Etienne Bossot displays some of his best shots from Vietnam and Southeast Asia (including Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar).
On Mar. 9, a team of doctors in Hoi An teamed up with doctors from Human Medicine International Clinic from Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An Red Cross to provide examinations, free medicine and gifts worth VND105 million for over 250 people in the Hoi An region. Saigon Entrepreneurs Club, Human Medicine International Clinic and A Dong Silk Co. Ltd., Hoi An sponsored the venture, also providing fleece blankets, milk, instant noodles and bottled purified water for the patients.
When you’re hitting the tailor shops in Hoi An, considering stopping by newly-opened Friendly Bags, a tailor-made bag store that sells handbags, travel bags and briefcases, all in real leather. Consistent with the shop name, the proprietors guarantee all bags for 30 days, and have a “satisfaction guaranteed” policy.