Even though Hội An itself was probably my least favorite city since it was swarming with tourists and shop owners constantly trying to sell to you, I loved traveling to the nearby attractions. We also splurged on our apartment for this city and the villa we stayed in did not disappoint.
During our three day, two night stay in Hội An, David was able to get some tailoring done at Yaly Couture. If you ever need some tailoring done, this is the place to get it done since Hội An is famous for their inexpensive and professional tailoring. From what we could tell, you tend to get what you pay for and Yaly Couture had one of the best reputations in the city. I would definitely recommend doing some research on haggling for your tailoring before you go though!
During our one full day in Hội An, we hired a private driver and made our way to Marble Mountain. This place ended up being one of my favorite parts of the trip so I highly recommend going. I honestly had no idea what to expect when we went but it turned out to be a great place to hike and explore many temples and caves. I loved going into the small openings of the rocky mountain and finding myself in a huge cave with looming buddhas and then discovering that there are secret rooms beyond every dark corner. As an introvert, I think this was a much needed escape from the bustle of life in Vietnam.
To make the day even better, we went to Mỹ Sơn, a set of ruins from the ancient Cham Empire. Mỹ Sơn is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was largely destroyed by US bombing during the Vietnam War (American War from the Vietnamese perspective.) These Hindu temples, dedicated to Shiva, were a wonder to behold and made me feel that I had stepped back in time for just a moment though I can only imagine what they were like in the 4th to 14th centuries, when they were originally built.
Hội An had the hidden gems of Marble Mountain and Mỹ Sơn nearby, which made it one of our favorites stops along the way. If you want to shop, get a suit or other clothes tailored, or relax and eat by the water it is a good destination for that too. In the meantime, get excited about our next post about Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, arguably our favorite destination in Vietnam!