Vietnam Part III: Hoi An

Hoi An is a sweet little charming lantern city. It’s captivating ancient town mesmerizes people when they visit. In 1999, UNESCO formally recognized Hoi An as a World Heritage Site. After visiting both Hanoi and Halong Bay we took a short flight from Hanoi to Hoi An and experienced an amazing few days cooking, biking and exploring this beautiful part of Vietnam. I have to say, Hoi An is a spectacularly charming place with a gleaming yellow glow from the buildings overlooking the river, and a sea of bright and colourful lanterns fluttering in the breeze throughout the city. 


We spent 4 days biking around and exploring the inner beauty of this lantern town. From visiting the Tan Ky House (the oldest house in Hoi An – we also got to meet the Grandfather who still lives there), Japanese covered bridge Assembly Hall, water rice fields, attending a personal Vietnamese cooking class and generally exploring the quaint little shops – this was one of my favourite parts of the vacation.



A Hoi An tradition – we took a night time boat ride, made a wish and let two lanterns float along the river




We stayed at La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa and I can’t recommend this hotel enough. It’s a small- medium size hotel that made us feel very welcome. All our needs were catered to and we throughly enjoyed our stay.


Under My Umbrella


Exploring Hoi An

For visiting Hoi An in the month of September, we actually only had one day of down pour and this didn’t stop us from exploring. We put on our rain ponchos and off we went! We chose to use this day to find a local tailor who made our custom dresses and shirts for us to take home!


One of the days we signed up for a personalized bike tour (organized by our hotel).  We spent half the day exploring the rice and vegetation fields, attending a small pottery class and enjoying a traditional bamboo boat ride along the river. It was extremely hot which made the bike ride a little difficult but we got to see the local farming villages and produce which was a great experience!



We made small pots and ending up buying the cutest hand made teapot ever – which now sits on my kitchen window ledge.


Bamboo boat ride

Hoi An Food

Vietnamese Cooking Class 

Hoi An has no shortage of some amazing and authentic tasting food! One of my favorite things we did while staying in Hoi An, was a personal Vietnamese cooking class. We were really lucky that our hotel could do this onsite for us. It was just perfect!! We had a our own little outdoor kitchen and a chef all to ourselves. It was a great experience to be able to cook with the hubby!




We cooked an array of dishes such as: Vietnamese vegetable spring rolls, papaya salad, vegetable Pho, chargrilled eggplant and sticky rice and deep fried bananas and ice-cream for dessert. Really yummy food!

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If you would like to see some of Vietnamese food creations click here for Vegetarian Vietnamese Pho and here for Vietnamese Spring rolls! 

We also ventured out and ate at Babu’s Kitchen (really tasty Indian food) and Morning Glory Restaurant. Both had really good delicious food, vegetarian friendly and I would highly recommended eating here when visiting Hoi An.



I was sad to leave Hoi An but was ready for a very well deserved break. We continued our journey and travelled to Da Nang by car for some beach and relaxation time! If you need any help planning your trip, get in touch!

DeepsMak blogging with a Cuppa x 

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Hi there, my name is Deepa Makwana and if you hadn’t guessed already, I LOVE all things food, travel and lifestyle. Since moving from London to New York, I have been wanting to write about my recipes and travel however I was a little afraid to share! But as my mother always says ‘if you don’t try, you will never know’. So I have finally decided to create my own little outlet on anything and everything involving things like where to eat, travels, home recipes, my fav home products or even the best shows I am watching! If I can help in any way – I have achieved my goal! Come on in and have a peak! DeepsMak x

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