Exploring the countryside of Hoi An in a Vespa is probably one of the coolest experiences that I had during the month I spent in Vietnam.
Bustling fishing ports, herds of water buffalos, diverse plantations and the chance of getting to know more about the life of the locals of Hoi An are just some of the highlights of this day of wonders.
Would you like to explore the countryside of Hoi An with me? Join the adventure now my friends!
A charming day trip to the countryside of Hoi An in a Vespa
The moment I saw my sexy and elegant Vespa motorcycle waiting for me outside of my hostel, I knew I was in for a treat.
This was my first motorcycle experience in Vietnam (yes, can you believe it?) and the feeling of the wind blowing through my face was the pure definition of freedom.
Granted, I was in the passenger seat of the Vespa and not the one driving it but it still felt awesome.
You see, in my home country there’s a tradition about fathers teaching their children how to drive when they come of age. Sadly, my father was never really there for me so I grew up without knowing how to drive any sort of vehicle (motorcycle included).
Luckily for me, this Hoi An countryside tour came with a Vespa driver/guide who made my day a very wonderful one with her deep knowledge about the Vietnamese way of life as well as helping me understand the way things work in this part of the world.
I even got to participate in the making of steamed noodles!!! How cool is that?
Daily life in Vietnam: interesting facts that you need to know about the countryside
Rural life in Vietnam is mostly focused around fishing, farming and herding. In the early morning, fishermen depart on their iconic basked shaped boats to catch the meal of the day. Did you know that the reason why those basket shaped boats exist is because during the French colonial times there was a heavy tax on boats?
“This is not a boat, Mr. Tax Collector. This is just a big basket” the fishermen said. Vietnamese sure are known for their cleverness and their out of the box way of thinking, right?
During your visit to the countryside of Hoi An, be sure to check out the process in which the Vietnamese make the fish sauce (spicy spicy spicy!!!), wine rice (1 litre of 65% alcohol for 1 USD!!!) and of course, steamed noodles (yummy for the tummy!!!).
The countryside of Hoi An is also home to many plantations (the most common ones being sweet potatoes and rice) and herds of water buffalos. The Vietnamese people are some of the friendliest that you’ll ever have the pleasure of encountering and they are more than happy to pose for a photo or two.
Learning more about the local life of Vietnam made me appreciate more and more the daily struggle of the proud and brave Vietnamese people as they work every day in the heat of the scorching sun (there’s a reason why the cone hats are so popular amongst them).
My visit to the countryside of Hoi An might have been a short one but it’s one that will always remain in my heart.
Where to stay in Hoi An, Vietnam
Accommodation in Hoi An is mostly focused in the area surrounding the Historical Old Town or directly at the beach that is a few miles away. Here’s a list of my recommendations for all types of budget.
Luxury & Boutique Hotels in Hoi An:
Goda Boutique Hotel offers accommodation in Hoi An. The uniquely styled Hoi An-designed hotel has a barbecue and terrace. Free bicycle rental is available. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat screen TV with cable channels. Some rooms include views of the garden or city.
Hotel Almanity Hoi An, offering modern rooms with traditional wood furnishings and free WiFi. Set around a courtyard with terrace pools and tropical gardens, it also has a spa offering free daily 90-minute spa treatments. Guests can choose from 3 spa journeys, inspired by legend and mythology, each with a different focus and benefit.
Budget Hostels and Guest Houses in Hoi An:
Mango Garden Hoi An Homestay, offering complimentary WiFi access and bike rentals, Mango Garden Hoi An Homestay also features free parking. Its rooms come with views of the garden. Each room features air conditioning, a wardrobe, a minibar and a flat-screen TV with cable channels.
Gia Bao Hoi An Backpackers, located just 400 m away from attractions such as the Japanese Covered Bridge and Assembly Hall of the Cantonese Chinese Congregation, Gia Bao Hoi An Backpackers offers homely accommodation in the ancient town of Hoi An.
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