If I’m being perfectly honest, Hoi An wasn’t as charming as I was expecting it to be. Yes, the mustard yellow walls and colorful sampans in Old Town are beautiful. However, they’re filled in with souvenir and tailor shops.
The sidewalks are crowded with stands and tourists. This number only increases as the sun goes down. It’s interesting, but it’s not what I think of when I’m told a place is charming. While the town as a whole didn’t enchant me, I did find that there were many places or moments, where I did fall a little in love with this city. Visiting Reaching Out Tea House was one of them.
Reaching Out Tea House
Along busy Tran Phu Street and tucked between tailor shops, the moment you step into the tea house, everything suddenly slows down. It really is a tranquil oasis, as it claims, in the middle of a hectic area.
It’s exactly what my travel buddy, Michelle, and I needed. The walls are painted this pale blue color, the decor is colorful and inviting, and there is an emphasis on peaceful silence. There is no wi-fi, and to keep the atmosphere, there are little boxes on tables with pre-written phrases in English as well as a notepad and paper for writing notes to the servers. This quietness helps one to focus on enjoying the fresh coffee, tea, and juices while taking a moment of rest.
I love Reaching Out Tea House on two fronts. One is that it employs speaking and hearing impaired servers, thus creating job opportunities, and the second is that it focuses on fair trade, organic, and local products. Michelle and I sat down to do some coffee tasting while I also got a fresh orange juice. Our coffee came with fresh snacks and was just delicious in general. They even gave us coffee ice cubes so should we want iced coffee, it wouldn’t dilute the taste.
In addition to the tea house, there is a craft shop and souvenir store that maintains strong ethics in paying its employees and the artisans who contribute. We stopped by to pick up a few items (including a teapot necklace that I’m in love with) and overall left feeling perfectly content. Michelle even left buzzing with inspiration for her own coffee shop someday.
Have you been? What are you some of your favorite experiences with ethical establishments?
for more vietnam travel
I’ve been able to explore a lot of this country, so here are all my other guides:
- 50 Vietnam Travel Tips
- How to Plan a Trip to Vietnam
- 22 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vietnam
- How to Plan the Ultimate Leaving Vietnam Trip
- The Best Things to Do in Hanoi
- Hanoi to Halong Bay: How to Get There
- A Day Cruise Along Halong Bay
- Mu Cang Chai Travel Tips
- A Secluded Sapa Itinerary
- Hiking & Herbal Baths with the Red Dzao in Sapa
- Historical Things to Do in Hue: Ultimate Guide
- Hue in One Day: A Speedy Itinerary
- Azerai La Residence Hue Review: A Luxury Stay
- A Semi-Relaxing Phong Nha Travel Itinerary
- Quirkiest Things to Do in Dalat
- How to Visit Yok Don National Park
- Top Things to Do in Hoi An
- How to Spend 3 Days in Hoi An
- Hoi An Tailors: Tips for What to Get Made
- The Vietage: A Luxury Train in Vietnam
- Anantara Quy Nhon Villas: A Luxury Review
- Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City: A Bucket List
- A Guide to 15B Hem Le Than Thon: Little Japan Saigon
- Where to Go in District 5 & Cho Lon of Saigon
- Best Things to Do in District 1, HCMC
- What to Do in Mui Ne and Phan Thiet
- Anantara Mui Ne: Best Resort for a Girls’ Getaway
- Mekong Delta Day Trip: What to Expect
- A Guide to Vinh Long in the Mekong
- Con Dao: An Island Travel Guide
- Azerai Can Tho: A Luxury Stay in the Mekong
- Odys Boutique Hotel Review: A Chic Mid-Range Stay in HCMC
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