The skilful tailors of Hoi An are renowned world wide, so when a few years ago my husband and I visited Vietnam, a trip to have custom clothes made was a must. Fortunately we had a recommendation of a good tailor from friends, because selecting one from the 400 or so shops on offer would have been an overwhelming process. You need to allow enough time for three fittings, ideally stretched across three days. I had two dresses made, one new design, and one a copy of my favorite dress, and my husband was fitted for a suit and extra business shirts.
We went to Kimmy’s and we were extremely happy with our purchases. It is easy to spend a few days in this town and it is a great place to get up close and personal with the real Vietnam, her people and her past. Hoi An is one of the quietest cities in Vietnam, and it was wonderful to stroll through the Ancient Town and admire the diverse mix of architecture, everything from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.
It is especially pretty at night, when the coloured lighting adds a magical atmosphere to the town. It is an incredibly cheap place to dine out and it was fabulous to sit and watch the activity on the river whilst we ate.
We were astounded when our dinner bill arrived, which included alcoholic beverages, of $18 Australian. We would pay that for one cocktail back home! So if you want to eat, drink and be merry and have some clothes custom made for good measure, book yourself a trip to Vietnam, and include the beguiling Hoi An.
“The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
“George Bernard Shaw.”