Balcony seating at our homestay in Hoi An with the  Clark & Mayfield Stafford Pro bag

Balcony seating at our homestay in Hoi An with the Clark & Mayfield Stafford Pro bag

The “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield bags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle shares about some of the destinations she's visited with her Clark & Mayfield bag in tow.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An was once an important trading port in Central Vietnam. Today its well-preserved Old Town has earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list. With picturesque yellow stone buildings, a lantern festival during each Full Moon, streets lined with affordable tailor shops, beaches just a bike ride away, and plenty of restaurants, Hoi An is a must-see when visiting Vietnam.

Why We Went

This was our second trip to Vietnam and after visiting friends in Hanoi (see the previous Where's My Bag: Hanoi post), we were ready to explore more of the country on our own. Towns with the UNESCO World Heritage designation always draw our attention and we had heard great things from many expats who go there for vacation. 

It is certainly a well-touristed area with attractions and restaurants catered to Westerners, yet the old world charm still shines through and just a couple minutes outside of town, you can find yourself biking across open rice paddies.

We booked a room in a homestay through Airbnb for $20 a night. It included breakfast and coffee, bikes to ride around town, good internet, and a bed/bath suite that looked like a hotel room. The family was keen to practice their English and share their culture - they took us on motorbikes to nearby temple ruins and the wood carving village where they grew up. For $5 a person, they gave us a tour of the local produce market, taught us how to cook a local specialty, and we all shared a huge Vietnamese dinner together. It was a really special experience and we're really glad we chose to stay 11 days with them in Hoi An!

For more details about our trip, visit our travel blog, Intentional Travelers.