Extra Time in Hoi An, Vietnam

Vietnam is filled with beautiful places and incredible scenery, Hoi An Ancient Town is no exception to that rule. The town’s name translates as “peaceful meeting place”, and it’s just that as it exudes an idyllic charm.

Hoi An

Hoi An

What to do

The Old Town cannot be missed, like something from a fairy tale the streets are filled with cafés and shops and decorated with lanterns. While the Old Town is free to wander around in, buying a ticket (less than £5) allows you to visit five of its 18 attractions, including museums, the Quong Cong Temple and Japanese Bridge which is known as the town’s signature landmark

Going further afield

Japanese Bridge Hoi An

Japanese Bridge Hoi An

To explore even more of the local region, take a short ferry ride across the Cam Kim Island. Try going early morning or evening to see the sunrise or sunset across the waters. Whilst there, you can go cycling, take long walks down the roads with stunning scenery or visit local villages. The island is virtually traffic free so it is a remarkably tranquil place to enjoy taking in the surroundings without any hustle and bustle.

What to eat

Hoi An is one of the best places to eat in Vietnam, as it prides itself on its food. Local cuisine contrasts big flavours such as sweet with sour and hot with cool, for example a fiery hot chilli dish with lemongrass to cool your palette. Check out the street food on offer, the smell alone is enough to tantalise your taste buds.

What to drink

Locally-sourced Hoi An beer is popular with locals and backpackers alike due to its unique taste. For the equivalent of 16p, you can’t really go wrong!

Hoi An, by Ian Richards

Hoi An, by Ian Richards

Moment you’ll never forget

Being part of ‘Hoi An Legendary Night’ held each month on the night of a full moon is an unforgettable experience. The Old Town is transformed into a vibrant festival type atmosphere, as motorbikes are banned and the street is adorned with silk lanterns. Traditional food is offered, and singing, dancing and playing street games all take place.


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