Hoi An is a mandatory stop in Vietnam’s tourist trail. Secondly, because it’s a historic city, a UNESCO heritage site with lantern-lit cobblestone streets and centenarian homes that survived multiple wars.
But firstly because of fashion. There are an estimated 500 tailor and cobbler shops that make any – I mean ANY – custom-fit clothes. All this is a town of barely 120,000.
Learn from our mistakes and see a photo gallery in this post.
To add a little challenge to my trip I did the following:
1. I stuck to off-the-beaten-path locales
2. I stopped using a guidebook
3. I started arriving at strange cities at late hours and without a clue
Result: it was still laughably easy.
“You’re so lucky,” people often tell me when they learn I’m taking a year off work to travel with Bianca. “I wish I could do that.”
The sentiment is understandable, but luck had nothing to do with it. I’m certainly fortunate to be in the position where I can do this. But it wasn’t luck.