My Epically Terrible Vietnamese Bus Ride Experience

Every traveller you meet who has been to South East Asia has a bus adventure gone bad story. Well I was no exception. This is my story:

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Choosing Hue

I had been researching a lot about what our next stop should be after Hoi An. Hue is famous for The Citadel and the Imperial City and has been on UNESCO World Heritage list since 1993. It was also a convenient 3.5 hour bus ride away. I had read some mixed reviews about Hue but decided to give it a shot!

Booking the bus

 I saw a lot of signs around Hoi An for a shuttle that went from Hoi An to Hue. I asked Quyn from my homestay to help me book this and she insisted that it was too expensive and that she would book me a different one instead. We were picked up from the homestay by a small mini bus, which was so overcrowded. This was definitely a sign of things to come…

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Lila Homestay – The Best Place to Stay in Hoi An

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After staying in a hotel in Ho Chi Minh city I knew I wanted to try out a homestay at our next stop Hoi An. So I did what any modern traveler does, I took to Trip Advisor to find the perfect place. I initially booked the homestay for 3 nights as our plan was to head out and stay a few nights on the beach, little did I know that I would fall in love with this place and end up staying 10 days.

From the moment we walked into the homestay we felt at home. The family is so incredibly nice and treated us like royalty, nothing was too much for Quyn and her sister. She helped us book tours, did laundry, and recommended the best restaurants near by. The location is also great. It was a 3km bike ride to town and 2km from the beach.

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Beginners Guide to Hoi An: 10 Things To Do

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Things to Know Before You Go:

Why Visit Hoi An?

Hoi An is an oasis in Vietnam that was much welcomed after 5 hectic days in Ho Chi Minh City. Hoi An in English translates to “peaceful meeting place” and I could not agree more. Our plan was to stay three days and we ended up staying a week and a half – I would have gladly spent a month here though! I’d recommend staying at least two days but many more if your time allows! The history, colorful architecture, and  of course the lanterns make Hoi An the perfect stop on your Vietnam Trip.

How to get to Hoi An?

Hoi An is a quick half hour taxi ride from the Da Nang International Airport. We arranged a shuttle through our Homestay which cost us around 400,000 VND ($18 USD).

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My Top 3 Favorite Coffee Spots in Hoi An

Anyone that knows me knows that I think of myself as a coffee connoisseur. I am OBSESSED with coffee and whenever I travel I insist on stopping at as many coffee shops as I possible can.  Hoi An was filled with so many little coffee shops which made making this list a bit of a challenge. But nonetheless I have done it! Drum roll please….

1). Rosie’s Cafe

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This very quaint and peaceful cafe is tucked into an alley hidden in the old quarter of Hoi An and run by two fabulous sisters. The breakfast menu is small but has everything you could need (and has great prices 25,000 – 50,000 VND). This cafe is known for it’s delicious cold brew and pressed juices, I of course had to try both! We came here a couple times and it was always such a treat. It is definitely a hidden gem with a very chilled atmosphere which is nice to relax in and get away from it all for a bit. It has free WiFi and very welcoming staff.

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