A lot of my friends have asked "What to do in Hoi An"?
Now, you know!
We were on a boat in Hoi River in Hoi An.
'Hoi', in Vietnamese, actually means ' Remember'.
And we are going to the fishing village to learn about the local life here.
Fishing has been a way of life for generations in Hoi An. Fishermen use all kinds of tools to catch fish.
Fishing nets, fishing camps or traps, and equipments made from bamboo to raise and lower large nets are some of the ways to catch fish.
They have to use arms and legs to raise a large fishing net. Then, They'll go to the net to get the fish.
The basket boat is very popular among local fishermen in central region of Vietnam.
They like to use it because it is very mobile and convenient as it can easily transport people from their big boat to the land.
At Cam Thanh Village, you will have a chance to explore water coconut forest, the shelter for local people and soldiers during the past war.
Biking is an eco-friendly activity.
Especially here in Hoi An, it's easy to bike around.
Not only will we have a chance to exercise, but it is also a great way to explore local neighbourhood, learn about local community, and visit local markets.
Hoi An Old Town at nighttime is quite different from daytime.
Here, it's a great time to come and experience local culture.
There are local games, local music performances, and many shops.
So, let's take a look together tonight. Come with me!
Just across the bridge from Hoi An Ancient Town, we found a cozy place to stay overnight - Pho Hoi riverside hotel.
It is so interesting to see they have an organic farm within the hotel.
The river view with the Ancient Town on the background is so nice.
Here it is not crowded, and we can walk or bike to main attractions easily.
Well, it's also not far from Hoi An Market.
Silk and Suit are famous products here in Hoi An.
At Hoi An Market, it's a great idea to come here an order tailored-made suit or tailored-made Ao Dai (Vietnamese Traditional Costume) because they have the factory right here in the market.
The shop has a variety of products for you. A lot of designs. A lot of fabrics.
And then, they can make for you right away. The next day, they can deliver directly to your hotel. Very convenient!
In a local market like here, you can ask for discounts as well.
You have to say 'Byrd Byrd', which means "Can you give me a discount?".
And, I've already got a special price!
Don’t forget to say ‘Cam On’ ('Thank you' in Vietnamese) when you got it.
One of Vietnam's most famous arts is the making of water puppets.
This ancient art originated from farmers who work on paddy fields in the countryside.
During times of flooding, farmers would entertain themselves and their families by performing water puppet shows out in the fields.
The water puppet show is the show that you must come to watch.
It is like a traditional show that requires a lot of skills.
What you've just seen is puppets in the water controlled by people back screen.
So, I think it's kind of very unique entertainment and you can find it here in Hoi An.
When you are walking around Hoi An, either day or night, you will find colorful paper lanterns decorated at buildings everywhere on streets.
It is interesting to learn how the locals create this special kind of arts.
Originating from basic appliances, lanterns have been lifted to an art of decoration, and they now hold a firm position in Hoi An people's minds and lives.
Done by skillful hands, Hoi An lanterns nowadays can be seen in different shapes and with beautiful decorations.
They have become souvenirs that visitors can never forget to pack on their way back home.
There're still more stories about HOI AN. Stay tuned for the next post.