Michael Kredics came to Vietnam 15 months ago as a tourist and never left. After working in communications in his hometown of Studgardt, Germany for several years, he decided it was time to quit the rat race and seek out a more laid back, peaceful lifestyle. He teamed up with fellow spirit bird Stefanie (aka Sao) to start the Hoi An Hippie House in An Bang beach. After a short stint in Saigon, Michael came to Hoi An and is not making plans to leave anytime soon.
What are the five best things to do
with a visiting friend?
Street food breakfast
I like to start my day right with a local street-food breakfast. My favorite place to go is Banh Mi Op La in Old Town next to the Big Three. Everything is good!
Espresso Station for coffee
If you are looking for good coffee and a nice atmosphere to relax, I suggest The Espresso Station in Old Town for a good energy kick.
Tailoring in Old Town
I would recommend any sort of tailoring to visiting friends or family. I think there are many good tailors in town, but I have always had my custom shirts made by Binh Thuy. She is the best!
Banh Xeo at the market
I recommend that anyone coming to Hoi An try Banh Xeo — basically a Vietnamese pancake with herbs and spices and all sorts of good stuff. I think the best (and cheapest) Banh Xeo can be found at any of the local food markets (Central, Tiger, Ba Le, or An Bang food market).
Take a stroll through the night market
I would also recommend that visitors have a walk through the Night Market on An Hoi island. I think it is the best place to buy souvenirs or little trinkets to take home with you.
And here are my top five favorites around town!
Best value for money: Local markets
I think you can get the best value for your money at the local markets where everything is negotiable. A few thousand dong will go a long way here!
Best vegetarian restaurant: Dam Vegan Restaurant
My favorite vegetarian place is Dam Vegan Restaurant in Old Town. I like this place because the flavor is very rich, unlike many other vegetarian restaurants. The portions are generous and the prices are very cheap.
Best for coffee: Espresso station
I like coffee — I suggest either Espresso Station or any local Vietnamese café.
Special find: Rosie’s Café
I think that Rosie’s Café in Old Town is a very unique place. Their coffee and snacks are very good but I also enjoy talking with the owners. They are very charismatic and kind young people with an interesting view.
Best hair dresser: Ba Le Well
There are several places guys can go to get their hair cut in town, but I like Ba-Le Well Salon. They have friendly, reliable service and know how to cut my hair properly.
Finish this sentence:
You know you’ve been living in Vietnam a long time when…?