Hoi An is a beautiful old town, it is packed with amazing little buildings and absolutely packed with tourists. Luckily we knew it would be this busy or it could have been a bit of a shock. At nighttime the streets were as busy as Oxford Circus but the lantern lit alleys and most delicious meals all made it worthwhile.
Our highlights included a fantastic cooking class with www.hoianecocookingclass.com We had a action packed morning that started with exploring the local markets. From there we went to the cooking school and started with some crab hunting (all crabs safely returned to the mangroves after) in bucket boats before the real fun of the cooking lesson. For two hours we were taught everything from how to make rice paper from scratch to firing up a tomato sauce for grilled eggplant.
Sophia and Olivia had very special treatment and pretty much did everything that we did. It all finished up with a grand lunch of all our creations.
We stayed at the Jade Hotel while in Hoi An - they had a calm, oasis of a garden with a great pool. What really made the place special though was the attention and kind service from Jesse. Nothing ever felt like too much trouble, every morning we had little messages on our plates and every afternoon when we returned we had petal and grass messages on our bed.
For our final night in this area we headed to the Sheraton Grand Da Nang though. It felt wonderful to have 24 hours of luxury. Apart from the amazing sea view the 240 meter pool easily kept us busy and was the best way to spend our time there.