It was a spontaneous getaway to Hoi An, I saw that Jetstar flies to Da Nang for only $68 and we both decided, why not! Nothing better than spending the weekend in a quaint little town with your girlfriend.
So in case, anyone of you haven´t heard about Hoi An (because we usually just think of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi), it is actually a UNESCO world heritage site in the central coast of Vietnam. You´d have to fly into Da Nang International Airport and from there, it´s just a 45mins car ride to Hoi An - and this was exactly what we did!
We stayed with Airbnb at Sen´s place which was just amazing, we had homemade breakfast everyday, and she provided us bicycles too. Every little detail was taken care of, and we felt right at home, so I´d highly recommend her place to all of you!
In Hoi An, it's really easy to move around, there's no need at all to plan ahead. When we arrived, Sen gave us a map and with that, we set off to the old town by foot and explored the markets and museums.
On the second day, we cycled amongst the paddy fields on the way to the beach. This is totally off the beaten track and we got lost of course, but the views were just splendid...
We ate lots of amazing vietnamese food, which were sooo good and cheap! All of you who are vegetarians like me, fret not! Hoi An have plenty of vegetarian options and Minh Hien is definitely one of my favourite.
We also tried the famous Banh Mi Phuong (as featured on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain). Im not sure about the one he tried, but the vegeterian one with spicy tofu was reaaally good. It's not listed on the menu but ask for "banh mi chay".
If you are staying closer to An Bang beach, you have to go for this restaurant called Cay Me which serves delicious traditional Vietnamese food. It's definitely hands down the best place to eat in An Bang. This place is also vegetarian friendly (yay!) and what you should not miss - their fresh passionfruit juice.
What else can you do in Hoi An? If you are into snorkeling and diving, you could easily do a one day trip out to the Cham Islands. The Cham Islands is part of the Cu Lao Cham Marine Park (a world Biosphere Reserve recognized by UNESCO). Esther and I signed up for snorkelling with Hoi An Diving Centre which is located in the old town - it costs only SGD 50 (you get to snorkel/dive in 2 different islands and lunch is provided on a 3rd island) plus we got to see amazing corals, blue starfishes and of course, lots of fishes!
On our last day, we chilled out at An Bang beach and trust me - blue skies, white sand and sparkling turquoise waters.... it felt like we discovered a hidden gem! An Bang is still relatively unspoiled by development.
Soo... if you are looking for a short and cheap getaway, Hoi An is the perfect place to go to!