Day 2 in Hoi An: Tailors and tea

Tailors and food in Hoi An

Rise and shine!

The view from our room

Read all about Day 1 here.

Today we are headed to the tailor and to explore this small town of Hoi An.

First stop: Bebe Tailor

Our first choice was Bebe because of all the good reviews. The shopfront was pleasant.

Chau, a female Vietnamese lady, attended to us. She was nice to us and patient even when we bargained. Towards the afternoon, she did seem more tired.

We went to the first store. Ask for Chau!

Chau gave us helpful suggestions within our budget and weather constraints. The ladies’ summer cloths were satisfactory for me.

We decided to walk around to explore more tailors.

After bargaining and comparing prices, I would have to pay USD500 for all these summer work clothes:

  • Blazer
  • Matching skirt
  • Matching pants
  • Sleeved dress
  • Sleeveless dress
  • Sleeved silk shirt
  • Sleeveless silk shirt

My boyfriend will pay USD350 for:

  • Blazer and matching pants
  • Collared shirt
  • Two collared shirts for our friend

If you go to Bebe, do bring about USD100-200 for your deposit.

Next stop: Yaly Tailor

This is another large tailor in Hoi An. It was just 2 minutes by foot away from Bebe.

I can see a difference in standard with Bebe. Here the staff was less attentive. Oh well!

Lunch: Dao Tien River restaurant

Another 2-3 minutes by foot was this restaurant I found through Google Maps.

Final damage: VND530,000.

This was really pricey. If you would like a bite at a scenic and spacious place then this would be nice.

Post-lunch: Reaching Out Teahouse in Hoi An Old Town

The weather is hot in Hoi An, so bring sunblock and all your summer clothes.

By 3pm, my boyfriend and I were hot sticky messes. I do not know how girls wear any make up in this weather.

Visited Reaching Out Teahouse, a “silent cafe”. It was indeed silent. The staff do not talk and may be deaf.

It was a great respite from the hot weather.

To order, signal to the waiter/waitress and show them the block.
Chilled green tea
Vietnamese coffee tasting set

The drinks can be ordered chilled.

In total, we paid VND346,000 or USD15.80 for:

  • Oolong tea
  • Vietnamese green tea
  • Coffee tasting set
  • Cookie tasting set
  • Sweet potato cake (more like chips)

It was worth it. But soon after we just headed back to the hotel. It was too hot to do much.

Check out all my Hoi An 2018 posts here.

Day 1 in Hoi An (21 June 2018)

Xin chao from Hoi An and good evening!

I touched down earlier today at 740pm via flight Jetstar 541 from Singapore to Danang Airport.

At the airport you can get a SIM card for a reasonable rate. For us, we got seven days worth of unlimited data for USD7.

My boyfriend and I are staying at the Royal Riverside Hoi An hotel. This hotel is less than an hour’s drive from the airport. The hotel can help to arrange for airport transfers.

The hotel is 5-10 minutes away from Hoi An Old Town on foot.

The room is smaller than expected and as advertised, but it looks cozy.

This is the Deluxe King Room and it set us back SGD60 (about USD45) per night.

The blanket was a little thin for my liking.

The bathroom came with all the important amenities, including a rain shower. Not pictured is the shower cubicle.

The water pressure was great and hot water was plentiful.

Staff tried to help as much as they could, but there was a language barrier.

We were hungry and called for room service. This spread is VND289,000 (pre-tax which is 15% more) – about USD13 or SGD18. But hotel guests get 10% off.

The dishes were: fried seafood spring rolls, and beef and chicken pho. The portion of the rice noodle was small.

We decided to get one more dish called the “White Rose”. I think it is shrimp wonton with sweet sauce but has this name because of the French. This was VND95,000 pre-tax.

The food was only so-so for our stay. I felt physically sick and nauseated the two mornings I had the hotel breakfast but I do not know if it was the food. My boyfriend was fine though.

Would I recommend this hotel? Yes. But if my boyfriend and I go to Hoi An in future, we may choose a hotel closer to Old Town, Bebe Tailors, and the Hoi An Night Market for the wider food options.

For instance, I would rather get a hotel near this restaurant called Red Gecko. It was affordable and good.

Wifi isn’t great here though and I am writing e`verything on my mobile.

My post disappears completely on my desktop WordPress and that is super frustrating. I think some online functions are blocked in Vietnam. I am writing this journal-style post on 21 June 2018 but this will probably only be published after I return to Singapore.

That is it for Day 1!

Check out all my Hoi An 2018 posts here.