Vietnamese Independence Day – 2 September
The 2nd of September 1945 commemorates Independence Day. It’s the day Ho Chi Minh declared the nation independent of French Colonial rule.
The Highs and Lows of living in Hoi An
What’s it like living in Hoi An? Emma Sothern’s explores her favorite things about living in Hoi An … plus the things that are more challenging!
Vinpearl Land Hoi An
Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An has brought Disneyland to Hoi An. There’s waterworlds, river safaris, amazing fun fair rides and more – this is not to be missed!
Exploring The Mid – Autumn Festival in Vietnam
For the first time in months there is a chill in the air. The unpredictable rains of September keep the people of Hoi An in tune with nature, sensitive to the changing seasons. The recently harvested rice fields are still smoldering in the distance, the smoky haze floating in over the street like an apparition.
Hoi An Food Safari
Hoi An Food Safari introduces you to 10 different types of street food, drinks, and dessert at street food stalls and restaurants in Hoi An.
Hai Van Pass: The Historic Misty Mountain Top
As soon as I’d heard about the Hai Van Pass I knew I wanted to go and see it – “a deserted ribbon of perfection – one of the best coast roads in the world.”
Ly Son Vietnam
At noon, the sun bears down on the narrow, largely deserted, streets of Thôn Tây – the harbor village of An Vĩnh commune on Ly Son’s big island. Prudently, most locals are taking a mid-day nap.
From Live Hoi An to Hoi An Now
It’s hard to believe that almost a decade has passed since my virginal visit to Hoi An. Especially when one considers the time continuum of the heritage town – as expat Phil Mellifont articulated once in an article he penned for my magazine, Live Hoi An – one ‘Western’ year is equal to ten Hoi An years. In my experience, I’ve found the calculation to be true. A decade is like 100 years.
Bidet Spray: The Hose Of All Holies
NOTICE: DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE A) CURRENTLY CONSUMING FOOD B) CANNOT REFER TO YOUR ‘DOWN THERE’ PARTS BY THEIR RIGHTFUL NAMES C) ARE GENERALLY CONSERVATIVE ABOUT ‘TOILET HUMOUR’.
My Son Vietnam
How have the buildings at this Hindu sanctuary lasted for millenia when they were put together without mortar? Explore this & many more mysteries at My Son.
Paradise Cave in Vietnam
It could be a scene straight out of a Jules Verne novel. Gigantic stalactites, lit up in fantastical green and bluish hues, mushroom out from a slippery, dripping canopy. The natural detail of each limestone formation is extraordinarily surreal; similar to a 3D sci-fi flick, causing you to think for a moment you’re on the set of ‘Forbidden Planet’ or are, in fact, journeying to the center of the earth.
Thai Phien Street in Hoi An
Think you are finished with the ancient town? Head away and a short walk of just a couple of blocks brings you to Thai Phien. This is a real picture, not of ancient but of traditional Hoi An. The block between Nguyen Truong To and Tran Cao Van is the most fascinating. Thai Phien is on the maps and you can’t miss it because the Nguyen Truong To intersection has the Travelodge on one corner and a large church is on the other.
Awesome Monkey Mountain: Da Nang’s Untamed Backyard
Da Nang’s Monkey Mountain offers amazing views, Vietnam’s tallest Buddhist statue, monkeys and a fascinating history. Read our review here.
Wet, Wet, Wet: Hoi An’s Rainy Season
So there you are, stranded under some old town shop front awning, wondering whether the downpour is ever going to cease. It’s Hoi An’s Rainy Season. Every minute a smiling peddler (where do they keep coming from?) approaches you with the aim of selling a ‘raincoat’ – a thin plastic poncho that bears the semblance of a life size condom.
Cua Dai Bridge
On an unrealistically warm late December day in 2014 I joined a group of motorcycle riders at a small ferry terminal in Cẩm Thanh ward close to Hội An. We were headed across the Thu Bồn river to a terminal at the harbor village of Duy Hải. My friends – all surfers – were intent on exploring the undeveloped stretch of pristine coastline south of the city of Hội An in search of ‘pounders’.
Vietnamese Zodiac: The Dark Side
Ever wonder why zodiacs all over the world only have good things to say about everyone? Even faults are seen as positives as everyday reality goes out the window. You have to wonder where all the misery, war and poverty in the world comes from when reading these ‘fairy tale’-like descriptions where everybody is smart, compassionate and talented. This is a good marketing ploy that sucks in readers but it’s not much use to anyone.
Birds of Vietnam
For those who want to see wild birds and go deeper into nature’s wonders, the common advice is (especially in Vietnam): ‘Go far from here! Find a National Park, a nature reserve or the rainforest wilderness of the mountains!’
Spring into The New Year: Tet in Hoi An
The Vietnamese new year, or Tết Nguyên Đán (commonly shortened to ‘Tet’), is the biggest event on the Vietnamese calendar. Also referred to as the ‘Spring Festival’ to typically mark the beginning of Spring, Tet is a grand affair, filled with ceremony, tradition, family reunions, and, of course, food. It falls at the same time as Chinese New Year (in correlation to the lunar calendar) however there are various Tet customs that are unique to Vietnam.
Exploring Cam Kim Island
Explore Cam Kim Island. If you have the time, then you could easily spend a day losing yourself in this bucolic setting. Find all you need to know here!
The Road to Tam Ky
When venturing out of Hoi An most visitors head north towards the attractions of Da Nang – Monkey Mountain and Marble Mountain – or south-west towards the ruins of My Son.
Tam Thanh Mural Village: ‘Art for A Better Community’
Tam Thanh explodes into pinks & blues, yellows & violets. The main street is a kaleidoscope of painted walls – don’t miss out on visiting this magical land!
Sitting on the outskirts of the Coconut Palm Village, the Taboo Bamboo Making Workshop is an incredible opportunity to make something special in bamboo.
The Marble Mountains’ religious significance and amazing views make it one of Hoi An’s most famous and popular destinations.