On our second last day in Nha Trang, we decided to pamper ourselves before venturing on another sleeper bus. Nha Trang is famous for the Thap Ba Hot Springs. For the equivalent of £18, we received a mud bath, a dip in the hot spring mineral water and a massage.

Our next stop was Hoi An, a beautiful post French colonial town, with little streets that are lit up by silk lanterns. All the shops and cafes have quaint shutter doors and balconies, I felt like I was walking around in an old French town (with an Asian twist).

The Japenese Covered Bridge

A little ride down the river...

Hoi An is famous for all the tailor shops scattered around town. It’s not an exaggeration to say that they can copy just about anything for you. I brought them some pictures of pieces I’ve loved for ages by the likes of Topshop, Mih Jeans, Azzedine Alaia and Tara Starlet. I was so impressed with their work. It was better than imagined it could be.

Hoi An is also famous for being a town for foodies. We couldn’t stay here and not do a cooking course. We went to the Morning Glory Cookery school and restaurant, one of the four restaurants owned by Hoi An’s Madame Vy. The course included a trip to the market where we learnt about different fruits and vegetables and spices in Vietnamese cooking. Then, we went on to cook a four course meal that we got to eat. It cost less than £20 and is well worth it.

Cabbage and shrimp mouse soup

Rice paper spring roll

Barbeque chicken with mango salad

If you come to Hoi An, you have to eat at one of the famous patisseries, some of which have roof terraces that overlook the river. Our favourite place was the Cargo Club, also owned by Madame Vy. By chance, we were sitting on the table next to her while we were there.

After a few days in Hoi An, we headed to the capital, Hanoi, by sleeper train.
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