After a few weeks in Kho Phangan and Kho Samui, I left Chiang Mai in early January and continued on a 6-week trip to Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Hoi An, Phu Quoc, Kampot and Siem Reap. I was accompanied by my brother who is a tour guide in Rhodes, Greece and who was discovering Vietnam and Cambodia for his holidays. I will write more about these destinations in future articles.
For the past 6 weeks, I have been in Hội An where I plan to settle down for a while. I already know the city and its surroundings a little, having previously made three trips there.
After visiting various accommodation in Da Nang and Hoi An I chose to settle in the Cam An district. It is the most popular beach, so there are many hotels and restaurants there. After weighing the pros and cons I find it a shame to live more than 500 meters from the beach.
Currently I rent a Spartan room but from my office I hear the sound of the waves and in 2 minutes on foot from the hotel I reach the beach. I’m also quite happy that I found accommodation in a quiet, lane in front of a good restaurant. As a digital nomad, what counts above all is having a pleasant and functional workspace. Goal achieved.
What I particularly like about Hoi An:
- The sea. As mentioned, this was my main motivation for choosing a place to live. As soon as I wake up I go to the beach. On the slightest pretext, I return.
- Westerners, like almost everywhere on the planet, evolve in herds. They are therefore wisely grouped in a few bars and restaurants and on the parts of the beach dedicated to them. This allows me to avoid them on a daily basis and rub shoulders with them when I feel like it.
- The surroundings are charming: rice fields, island districts linked by bridges.
- Some built or under construction areas have a particular charm, between post-apocalyptic decor or abandoned area. There are thus relatively luxurious establishments surrounded by vacant lots… This is an aspect that I also appreciate in Saigon, the proximity of modern tinsel to Chinese standards adjacent to odds and ends, markets and alleys where the we feel the soul of true popular Vietnam.
- Food, especially seafood. It is relatively expensive in tourist and expat establishments but affordable in restaurants for locals.
- The Vietnamese people who on the whole are very kind and whole. When they don’t like you, they show it unvarnished. It’s nice because I can find my western reflexes that didn’t work in Chiang Mai.
- The proximity of Saigon and Hanoi which are less than two hours flight.
As you can guess, since i wrote this article, the situation and the conditions have changed. I’ll tell you how in a soon coming post.