How do I pick tailors, the best place to eat, which tours? How much do I tip, should I tip; am I being ripped off? What can I do with the kids? Is it safe? What should I watch out for? C’mon, I’m on holidays, not here to work; give me quick information! Give it to me – give it to me: NOW!
Hi. We’re Stuart & Sharon and we’re here to do just that.
Hoi An Now has everything tourists need to know about Hoi An. It takes the grind out of combing through websites and literature so you can lie on a beach, relax and just get on with it.
Written by people who know, Hoi An Now is a snappy, one-stop shop that tells you about the best tailors, tours, touts and street hawkers; cooking classes; restaurants; beaches; golf and those off the beaten track places where the ex-pats hang out. You name it we’ve got it and if somehow we don’t have it, we’ll get it for you.
Drawing from this beautiful town’s thriving community of ‘foreign residents’ (and our Vietnamese mates) Hoi An Now is Hoi An’s only in-depth magazine/website providing inside information from people who can remember Hoi An as a small shanty town with hardly a ‘foreigner’ in sight.
We can show you where it’s safe to go to get your teeth whitened for $50 or hair cut, highlighted/dyed and dried for $20; where to watch the footy from back home drinking $1 beers and how to cross the road without being flattened. We can even tell you how we adopted a Vietnamese child. In Hoi An Now we share our secrets and those of our friends and colleagues; the people who know this town.
Stuart Neal, General Manager: Stuart has 30 years’ experience in book publishing (ABC Books; Allen & Unwin) and has written two books with collaborator and partner, Sharon Guest. He has presided over the publication of more than a thousand books and magazines. In Hoi An he lives with Sharon and two adopted children from SE Asia.
Sharon Guest, Editorial Director: Sharon was a playwright/writer (Rick Raftos Management) and educator (TAFE). She has written two books with collaborator and partner, Stuart Neal. With a background in theater marketing, Sharon has freelanced for newspapers and magazines in Australia, Papua New Guinea and England. In Hoi An Sharon lives with Stuart and two adopted children from SE Asia.
Louis Boehling, Feature Writer: Louis was invited to Hoi An Now on the strength of his outstanding blog, ‘Louis Traveling’. He has already contributed several outstanding pieces on a diverse range of subjects in a short time. In addition to his writing skills Louis has a science degree and a handy facility with graphic design.
Avery Bullock, Social Media/Writer: Avery came to us from Texas where she worked in the non-profit industry as a grant writer, and marketing manager. In her spare time she enjoys canvassing Hoi An for the best happy hour deals, learning to cook Vietnamese dishes, and reading from her hammock.
Bobby Struzick, Marketing Director: Bobby graduated as a marketing specialist from the prestigious Texas A&M Mays Business School in 2012. A reformed desk slave, he fled the boardroom for the welcoming arms of Hoi An in September 2016. An avid runner, photographer and cyclist, Bobby has a deep love of being in and around nature.
Dam Thi Ngan Ha, Office Manager: A university graduate in Education with a major in Vietnamese Literature, Ha is fluent in both English and Vietnamese. She is also quickly developing professional administration, writing and web design skills and is Hoi An Now’s chief liaison with the Vietnamese community.
It’s a pleasure to share what we know and help you, whether you’re on a tight budget or splurging on luxury we’re with you all the way. Please email us if you have any comments about the site or any questions about anything at all and feel free to opt in for regular updates and breaking news.
About Amy Morison and Live Hoi An
Amy Morison or ‘Ameless’ is a writer with a strong journalistic and marketing background. Originally from the Blue Mountains she studied Print Journalism and found herself moving from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur in 2001 to work on a health magazine. It was love at first sight. Not just Malaysia – the region.
From Malaysia she moved to Bangkok and was managing editor of the then hip Metro magazine before taking on a position with Agoda (the hotel booking site) as executive editor in 2006. In late 2007 an opportunity presented itself in Vietnam and she moved to Hoi An early 2008 to work for Indochina Land. In Hoi An she had found the perfect blend of culture, friendliness, natural beauty, cuisine and art. She had a thought to create a magazine and went on to do so – in 2009 Live Hoi An was born.
It was the first magazine for the area. Amy not only came up with the concept but wrote, edited, photographed, produced and distributed the publication in those early days. It developed and improved over the years but the ethos was always to produce a quality, free magazine that would enhance a visitor’s experience in Hoi An and also help the local community.
The Live Hoi An map came from the magazine – the idea was not only to provide proper maps of local attractions and restaurants but to reveal the cycling routes one could do around the town and its outskirts. Unfortunately, due to a motorbike accident in late 2013, Amy moved back to Australia to recover. Subsequently, the Live Hoi An magazine stopped print in 2014 and she sold the Live Hoi An map on its own.
The content of the old magazine, however, was taken on by Stuart Neal and Sharon Guest who had also created their own new brand and magazine: Hoi An Now. Amy is proud to be involved in Hoi An Now despite writing from her now home-base, Melbourne. Besides writing for food websites or cookbooks, Amy works part-time in Marketing & Communications and is finishing her first fictional novel.