A delightful town full of laidback character, Hoi An should not be missed, perfect for soaking up old-world charm in a scenic, riverside setting. whilst exploring the town’s narrow streets. Look out for the influence of Chinese, Japanese and European styles alongside the traditional Vietnamese architecture as you wander the narrow streets.
Hoi An is more about relaxed wandering and soaking up the atmosphere than sights – it’s plethora of restaurants and cafes are the perfect place to sit, sip a drink and watch the world go by. Once a major port, today the grand old buildings of the past are left undisturbed – no traffic is allowed on the centre’s cobbled streets, which will make your strolls all the more pleasant. Many of the original wooden merchants houses are festooned in lanterns, especially pretty at night; amongst them look out for Chinese temples, assembly halls and tea warehouses. A must visit is the elaborate Japanese covered bridge, first built in 1590, whilst there are also a number of museum, such as Folklore, History & Culture and Trading Ceramics. Hoi An has an excellent market, a great place to see all the fresh produce grown in the area, and is also well known for it’s tailors – choose what you’d like made, get measured up and you’ll have your piece the next day.
Just a few kilometres from the town you will find the lovely Cua Dai and An Bang beaches, where you can spend the day basking on the sands or paddling in the cooling waters of the East Vietnam Sea. There is also a good choice of resorts if you feel like a few days relaxing on these sandy shores while still being close enough to Hoi An itself to still explore.
In the fields surrounding Hoi An farmers grow a plethora of fruit and vegetables to supply the many hotels and restaurants in the town. Browse the lively produce market in town to see the rainbow of fresh produce that is delivered into town every morning. For those who are feeling particularly active, you can head out into the countryside to explore these verdant fields by bike, or alternatively take a trip out to Tra Que village to stroll through the gardens and see the farmers at work. With the abundance of fresh produce grown around it, it’s no surprise that Hoi An is one of the best places in Vietnam to learn to cook, and eat, traditional dishes. Take a trip to the market to select your fresh ingredients then head to the kitchen to prepare a number of local delicacies and learn about food culture and herb lore as you go.
The intimate and atmospheric Cham ruins of My Son are shrouded in a jungle valley about one hour by road from Hoi An. Built between the 4th and 13th centuries, and a victim of bombings during the war, the temples aren’t in great condition but are the prime example of Hindu architecture in Southeast Asia – exploring them with your guide is a delightful way to spend a morning.
Set on the banks of the Thu Bon River, the Anantara Hoi An is a luxurious property that combines the influences of the French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese in it's 'heritage-inspired' decor. The accommodation of this boutique hideaway offers peace and tranquility with river and garden views, though you are never very far from the action.
The Nam Hai is a stunning all-villa resort located on pristine Hoi An Beach. This award-winning property provides impeccable service amid lush landscaping and features a serene spa, gourmet cuisine and a palm-fringed swimming pool.
The Vinh Hung Resort is located on the banks of the Thu Bon River and exudes local charm. It is set in secluded gardens and is just a five minute walk from the Old Town of Hoi An. The hotel features two swimming pools, spa treatments and a beauty salon.
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