Tailor your own Hoi An holiday
With its grand architecture and a beguiling riverside setting, Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers a value-for- money combination of colonial French influences coupled with Oriental charm. The city’s Old Town is filled to the brim with Chinese temples, eclectic tailoring shops and ancient tea warehouses, however, travel a little further and you’ll also find a host of stunning beaches, fascinating boating adventures and some of Vietnam’s most enticing scenery.
Once a major port on the silk route, the city’s perfectly preserved 15th century trading past continues to thrive as its skillful tailors weave their magic, producing high quality clothing at delightfully affordable prices. Many of Hoi An’s tailoring businesses can be traced back through several family generations, and with their deft fingers and keen eyes, these experts are able to copy practically any design they see, usually producing a quality replica for fashion conscious customers within 24 to 48 hours.
The whole process can be a little daunting though, as there are also a number of less-than- reputable ones here that you’ll need to keep an eye out for. However, with a little pre-planning, the whole process can be thoroughly enjoyable and provide you with some beautifully designed, wearable souvenirs that will last a lifetime (like your
Allow enough time
On average, travellers only spend a night or two in Hoi An as they traverse North-South or South-North on their journey throughout Vietnam. However, if you’re serious about getting the most out of the city’s tailoring services, you’ll need to allow for the complexities of the tailoring process. Most hand made clothing never fits perfectly on the first try-on, so allow enough time for at least three fittings over multiple days if you can.
Do your research
Classic items are a fairly safe option for replication, however, if you’re after something a little more on-trend, then you’ll need to do your research. Arm yourself with as much reference material as possible, beware of relying solely on images (particularly if what you’re after is shown on a model with an entirely different body shape), and if you’re after a replica of something you already own, bring it with you. Tailors here are masters at copycatting.
And of course, research your shops. There are a host of review sites online that can help, or better still, explore the streets when you get there, talk to the tailors and decide which ones you prefer based on the quality, price and style you’re after.
Choose your fabric
Perhaps one of the most important elements of an outfit is what it’s made from and choosing the right fabric for the type of garment you’re after is key to its fit, comfort and durability. Become familiar with the types of fabrics that suit your requirements, spend some time shopping around for options, and experiment with fabric swatches to make sure they feel good to the touch and don’t clash with your skin tone.
More than just material
Not in Hoi An for the fashion? Luckily, there are an abundance of other activities here to keep those after a little more adventure in their travel experience satisfied as well.
Just four kilometres from the city centre, An Bang Beach is Hoi An’s go-to, where you can spend your days basking on a sun lounge, paddling about the calm waters or enjoying a balmy sunset dinner under a swaying palm or two.
History lovers should take a tour of the Old Town, and take a visit to the Chuc Thanh Pagoda, Hoi An’s oldest temple. Founded by a Chinese Buddhist Monk in 1454, it’s located on the outskirts of the town centre and worth the effort if not just for the breathtaking views of its beautiful ancient gateway.
If you’re a foodie, you should consider a tour of the town’s epicenter, where you’ll find dozens of stalls groaning under the weight of richly flavoured delicacies, steaming vats of soup and brightly coloured produce.
And if you’re up for some water-based adventure, take a boat tour down the Thu Bon River, hire a bike and cycle through the lush paddies on Cam Kim Island, or catch a leisurely two-hour boat trip across to Hon Lao, where you
can dive, snorkel and seafood-gorge the days away.
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