Guest traveller Melissa Brown is the founder of One Organised Woman Lifestyle Management Services providing small business support, personal concierge, de-cluttering and home organisation, and relocation assistance in Melbourne’s Bayside area. She is equally passionate about food, fitness and wellbeing and makes every holiday destination a chance to indulge in plenty of life’s little pleasures. Join Melissa as she enjoys all the sensations beautiful Hoi An, Vietnam offers…
When it’s hot, it’s hot and I don’t just mean the climate! It felt like everyone I spoke to was travelling to Vietnam and it was the new destination of choice. I have to admit it hadn’t been on my travelling radar but I’m sure glad it finally did. So, in January 201, my partner and I set off for some kid-free relaxation in beautiful Hoi An, Vietnam. Most people travel to Vietnam to trek and explore the vast surrounds, but not us. We checked in and stayed put for eight luxurious nights. Staying the perfect distance from the Ancient town, we had the pleasure of swimming in this magnificent pool after returning from our daily sight-seeing adventures.
Without a doubt, food is the biggest drawcard when it comes to travelling and to put it briefly, the food in Vietnam is incredible. From the first pho soup to the last beef vermicelli noodle, every dish exceeded my wildest expectations (and then some). Never have I tasted such fresh, vibrant and delicious dishes. Ginormous bowls of steaming fragrant pho became our breakfast staple and no day was complete without our favourite beef vermicelli noodles bursting with chilli, fish sauce and fragrant Vietnamese herbs. Oh, did I mention their amazing coffee? They put some Melbourne coffee to shame, and that’s saying something.
After a few days acclimatising to the Vietnamese humidity (and in need of some solid exercise) we borrowed the hotel push bikes and headed north to the lovely An Bang beach for the day. The ride was only five kilometres but knowing exactly where to stop and avoiding the beach spruikers along the way made it a little more challenging than first thought. However, pulling up a relaxing beach chair, dipping our bodies in the cool fresh water, and sipping on a $2.50 cocktail made it an enjoyable find and added to the charm that was Vietnam.
Melissa’s Top Five ‘Must do, Must see, Must eat!’ List for Travelling in Hoi An:
- Must do: Ancient Town, by night.
- Must do: Night markets and stunning, coloured lanterns adorning the streets and river and Hoi An fresh food markets.
- Must do: Bike rides along the rice paddies.
- Must see: Japanese covered bridge (over 450 years old).
- Must eat: Amazing food, including steamed pork buns at Nu eatery; water spinach at Morning Glory; beef vermicelli noodles; Faifo coffee, in Hoi An ancient town; and Restaurants called Mai Fish, and Cargo club.