Vietnam is filled with beautiful places and incredible scenery. And Hoi An is no exception to that rule. The town’s name translates to ‘peaceful meeting place’, and it’s just that. Brimming with idyllic charm, Hoi An displays a wealth of international influences, from its French colonial architecture to Chinese temples and Japanese bridges. Here we take a closer look at the highlights of this enchanting town.
What to do
The UNESCO-listed Ancient Town of Hoi An simply cannot be missed. Like something from a fairy tale, the streets are filled with cafés and shops decorated with lanterns. And whilst it’s free to wander around, buying a ticket allows you to visit five of its 18 attractions. These include fascinating museums, the Quong Cong Temple and the Japanese Bridge – known as the town’s signature landmark.
To explore even more of the local region, take a short ferry ride across to Cam Kim Island. Try going in the 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 and amongst the stunning scenery or visit local villages. The island is virtually traffic free, so it’s a remarkably tranquil place to enjoy taking in the surroundings without any hustle and bustle.
What to eat and drink
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 is served with lemongrass to cool your palette. Check out the street food on offer, the smell alone is enough to tantalise your taste buds.
Locally-sourced Hoi An beer is popular with locals and backpackers alike due to its unique taste. And when it’s so cheap, you really can’t go wrong!
Moment you’ll never forget
‘Hoi An Legendary Night’ is held each month on the night of the full moon. And being a part of this colourful event is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The Old Town is transformed into a vibrant festival-style atmosphere, motorbikes are banned and the street is adorned with silk lanterns. Traditional food is on offer everywhere against a buzzing backdrop of singing, dancing and street games. So time your visit with this event to see the very best of this much-loved destination.
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