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Vespa adventures in the charming countryside of Hoi An

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!

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Daily life in the countryside of Hoi An

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.

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Vespa Adventures in the countryside of Hoi An

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?

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My wonderful guide of Vespa Adventures

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!!!).

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The fishermen outside of Hoi An

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.

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A smile is the most powerful gift someone can give

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: Goda Boutique Hotel, Hotel Almanity Hoi An, Mango Garden Hoi An Homestay, Gia Bao Hoi An Backpackers.

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The wonderful bamboo bridge of Hoi An

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Until next time, my friends!

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March 16th, 2016|Categories: Asia Travel|Tags: |
Raphael Alexander is a Nomadic Digital Marketer and Travel Influencer who overcame the chains of the local economy and found a way to achieve his dream of having a professional life while traveling the world non-stop. His goal in life is to inspire the people of the world to unleash their full inner potential. A perfect day for him includes exotic animals, ancient pyramids, breath-taking waterfalls and tasty tacos. Lots of tacos.


  1. Angela March 21, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    I’ve been dying to go to Vietnam. One of my friends is from there and is the kindest person I’ve met in a long time. I think you have to do what the locals do when traveling and am glad you got such a great experience. Now, I want to ride a Vespa!

    • Yes!!! I don’t understand why some people have horror stories about Vietnamese people. I was in the country for 1 month and I only met kindness and real smiles. 0 scams at all! 😀

  2. Isabelle from Buffalo Tours March 22, 2016 at 3:11 am - Reply

    Great blog Raphael! I didn’t know the things about the basket boats myself – that’s so interesting! And your photos are lovely, especially the one of your tour guide 🙂

  3. The Adventure Ahead April 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    The basket boats made me giggle. Gorgeous photos!

  4. Active Planet April 19, 2016 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    I wish I toured Hoi An more instead of just shooting straight up to Sapa – looks like it could have been quite the adventure! I do remember the wine rice in that regions though….it certainly kicked me in the ass! lol 😉

  5. Melody Chan June 11, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I always wanted to have a Vespa tour, this is great! Thanks.

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