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HOI AN’S (SOMETIMES) SLEEPY CENTRAL MARKET | JUNE, 2016

HOI AN’S (SOMETIMES) SLEEPY CENTRAL MARKET | JUNE, 2016

In Vietnam it’s routine for locals to wake very early, then take afternoon naps to ride out the hottest part of the day.  The first time we visited Hoi An’s Central Market during the afternoon it surprised us to find most of the merchants sleeping in their stalls.  Now, it’s our go-to time to browse when we want fewer interactions with aggressive sellers! In addition to sleepy merchants, we also found some of Hoi An’s best food in the Central…

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HOI AN MARKET TOUR + COOKING CLASS | JUNE 23, 2016

HOI AN MARKET TOUR + COOKING CLASS | JUNE 23, 2016

Our friend Bryna Scott encouraged us to take a market tour and cooking class early into our time in Vietnam to familiarize ourselves with the local produce and to learn to cook with these new ingredients.  While in Hoi An, we did just that through a day-long venture with “My Grandma’s Home Cooking” and we’re so glad we did! Our day began with a bicycle ride to Hoi An’s Central Market where our guide introduced us to a variety of…

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Snorkeling The Cham Islands, Vietnam | June 24, 2016

Snorkeling The Cham Islands, Vietnam | June 24, 2016

The Cham Islands are a group of eight islands off the coast of central Vietnam (visible from the beaches of both Da Nang and Hoi An) and are surrounded by a bountiful array of reefs and sea life. Thanks to a thoughtful gift from our dear friends Janette and Matt, we signed up for an underwater excursion around the islands that would conclude with a family-style lunch on the beach courtesy of Blue Coral Diving. We were picked up by…

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Custom Tailored Clothing in Hoi An, Vietnam | June 22-24, 2016

Custom Tailored Clothing in Hoi An, Vietnam | June 22-24, 2016

Mark would claim that we all (should) know that places like Express, the Express Outlet, or Express.com are a one-stop shop for lithe men who love bold fashion.  However, if you’re in SE Asia, where ironically, Express clothing is manufactured but not actually sold, where would you go for an “Express replacement”? It’s a tough conundrum for even the savviest fashionistas, however if you happen to find yourself in central Vietnam, we have the answer for you: Hoi An. Historic…

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RICE FIELD HOMESTAY IN HOI AN, VIETNAM | JUNE 21-25, 2016

RICE FIELD HOMESTAY IN HOI AN, VIETNAM | JUNE 21-25, 2016

We were over-the-moon delighted by every aspect of our time with Mike and Hanh at their Rice Field Homestay and couldn’t have had a better experience if we had stayed anywhere else in Hoi An. Their brand new, custom designed home is modern, bright, spacious, clean, and extremely comfortable. Our room had every amenity we could have hoped for, and was above-and-beyond what we’d received anywhere else in Vietnam during our 3-weeks of travel for the same price range. Ample…

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DRIVING THE HAI VAN PASS BETWEEN HUE AND HOI AN, VIETNAM | JUNE 21, 2016

DRIVING THE HAI VAN PASS BETWEEN HUE AND HOI AN, VIETNAM | JUNE 21, 2016

After spending several days in the literally baking hot weather of the city of Hue, we were easily persuaded to consider a private driver with an air-conditioned car for our travel to Hoi An, a charming historic town located 2.5 hours south of Hue.  Hanh and Mike, the proprietors of Rice Field Homestay where we’d be lodging during our stay in Hoi An recommended a car service that would not only take us door-to-door, but stop at several sightseeing locations…

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