Resort Reporter Fiji #51 – Hoi An

This amazing resort is on the beach and only 10 minutes from the Old Town of Hoi An. It has 2 bars 3 restaurants 2 pools; the biggest one I have ever seen complete with swim up bar. Here we met a couple from Texas.

Children’s pool at the other end that only children would dream about. Our beach front room was very large with air conditioning 24 hr room service mini bar WI-FI cable/satellite TV.

The shuttle bus leaves several times and returns to the resort several times a day last return being 8.30pm.

We spent 2 full days walking around the Old Town of Hoi An. It is so easy to get around on foot and just where the bus drops you off are shops and a lantern making place.  I made my own lantern to take home for $3.50. Further up the street an excellent shop of souvenirs to take home.

Hoi An is noted for it’s night markets and the beautiful display of lanterns that light up the markets. These lanterns can be purchased and are easily folded up to take home. There are no problems with customs as long as you declare them on your form .Hoi An is also famous for it’s tailoring and you can have any garment made here. It pays to know what exactly you want and they will do perfect copies. They have garments finished overnight if needed. Mr X (C) is excellent for men’s trousers shirts and suits. Blue are excellent for women’s clothing the fit is perfect. I can’t wait to go back.

I went to the RedBridgeCookingSchool this was recommended by the resort. Firstly we went to the markets and the chief showed us how to buy fresh fruit and veges. Then onto the fish and meat market. This was very interesting. The smells were quiet something. Then there was a stall at the end selling gadgets for cooking. I purchased a meat cleaver and they wrapped it for me to take home in my luggage. There was no problem with customs. I also bought curry powder and coffee. As long as it’s sealed it’s ok. We declared it all. Then we took a boat ride up the HoaiRiver to the restaurant. The meal we cooked was 4 courses and we each had our own cooking station. We then ate what we cooked. This is highly  recommended. My husband is not into cooking so spent the time exploring some more of the OldTown.

Hoi An in the 16th & 17th centuries was an international trading centre. Japanese Chinese Dutch and Indian traders set up there emporiums. Hoi An has been fortunate over the years to have been preserved intact. The JapaneseCovered Bridge is a popular tourist destination.

Some days we didn’t get back to the resort until the last bus it was all so interesting. Sometimes we just sat and had a cold drink and watched the world go by. Other days we were happy to use the beautiful facilities at the resort.

Happy and safe travelling to you all.

Words and Photos by Syrena and David

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