We arrived in Hoi An at the end of our incredible guided motorcycle tour through the central highlands. We unfortunately only had 3 nights in Hoi An, and as it was one of our favourite places we could have easily spent more time here.
It wasn’t that there was lots in particular to ‘do’, it was just that it was so busy and bustling that we could have spent longer exploring the town and people watching. Not to mention the food was absolutely delicious.
The city had a quaint riverside area and although it isn’t exactly an ‘authentic’ Vietnamese experience due to the droves of tourists, we really enjoyed it.
One thing we really wanted to do while in Hoi An was to take a cooking class, as it is known as a foodie city. There were famous cooking schools around the riverside, but they weren’t really feasible on our budget.
Luckily, Cafe 43 in the back alleys on Hoi An had developed a good reputation among travel bloggers as a cheap place to learn how to make some delicious Vietnamese dishes.
For just $10 extra we were treated to a one on one cooking class! It was a really good experience and we made chicken curry, green papaya salad, and steamed beef in banana leaf. After we cooked it, we got to eat it, and washed it down with some 50c beers from the cafe.
It was quite an old town and we enjoyed wandering around the streets looking at some of the old architecture.
While we were here we cycled out to the An Bang beach, and went to a very nice Indian restaurant.
For our final night we had ‘the best Cao Lau in town’. While we won’t be able to attest to that until we go back and try them all, it sure was tasty. If you happen to stumble upon the place in the image above signed “Com Ga”, we highly recommend trying their Cao Lau. It was down a tiny back alley, but the food was amazing and the lady who ran the shop was quite fun, drinking beer with us.