Hoi An – an ancient city is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage town and for good reason. The oldest buildings are preserved from when it was a trading port in the 16th and 17th Centuries.
It is the perfect place to break your journey midway through Vietnam. Hoi An is very different than cities like Ha Noi or Saigon. It is a very peaceful & relaxing city and has a more cozy feeling to it. It’s not touristy places. You don’t have vendors trying to bug you to sell you stuff..
Here is what is to do in hoi an and one of the reason you don’t skip Hoi An as a ideal destination in Vietnam
- Cooking Classes (Cuisine of Hoi An)
Hoi An is not attractive many travelers by the ancient beauty, but also the traditional cultural values and the value of intangible culture where cuisine plays an important role with delicious, familiar and luxurious flavor. Cuisine in Hanoi is very cheap with multi awesome ingredients & tasty. So, do not hesitate to looking for a great way to discover Hoi An’s Food which is a must. Taking a cooking class in Hoi An it’s obviously one of the top reasons to visit Hoi An. Cook with some of the world’s freshest ingredients, learn the secrets behind each Hoi An specialty, and try your best to memorize and bring home those unique Hoi An flavors.
There are also three dishes that you must try before you leave this ancient town is Cao Lau, Bao Vac Cake and Banh Beo.
- The old town in Peaceful and relaxing
Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-protected example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Nowadays, Hoi An has become a very popular tourist destination in Vietnam with its old communal houses, buildings and trading streets that reflect the influences both indigenous and foreign architecture. All create this unique heritage site that attracts millions of visitors every year. These are the top reasons why Hoi An should be on every traveler’s must-visit list.
Hoi An is home to some of the best tailors in Vietnam, a country known for its dressmaking skills. It is a shoppers’ heaven in which tourists can find tailor shops everywhere on the streets with clothes for centuries of Champa, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants… Get that dress, shirt, 3-piece suit, pair of shoes or matching couples onesie jumpsuit that you’ve always wanted. It will fit perfect, look exactly the way you want it, and cost a quarter of what you’d imagine.
Hoi An is known for its lanterns. On the 14th of each lunar month Old Town closes to all traffic, shuts off all the lights, and has a party. Flickering candlelight through multi-colored lanterns sets a lively mood, and people are ready to celebrate. Incense fills the air, musicians play traditional music, there are street performances, and it’s a perfect opportunity to sample some street food.
- Beautiful beach with diving
Recently, Cua Dai or An Bang Beach in Hoi An reached top 50 world’s most beautiful beaches voted by CNNGo because of its pristine beauty. Un-crowded, clean sands, warm, inviting waters, unobstructed island views and tiny restaurants serving
delicious seafood and various other food items Off the coast of Hoi An are the gorgeous Cham Islands. A chain of tiny islets loaded with ancient Champa history and beautiful marine life, visitors can dive, snorkel, boat tour or overnight on this quiet, secluded slice of paradise..
- Cheap price
Hoi An is really cheap by Western standards from accommodations, souvenirs to food. With only 1 USD, travelers can enjoy a lunch with local food. A great day trip will often cost as much as 20 -30USD including lunches, bikes, sightseeing and so on. Drinks are as cheap as non-touristy places in Vietnam. You can enjoy an unforgettable trip without having to take out a second mortgage
- Lots of activities to discover
There are a large variety of fun and exciting activities in Hoi An if you know where to look for it. You can take part in a Vietnamese cooking class or become a farmer in one day tour or be a tourist fisherman. Or take a trip to Cu Lao Cham for snorkeling and scuba diving. Or bike to visit handicraft villages across the Thu Bon River. All will bring you unique experiences and unforgettable Holidays in Viet Nam.
- Three World heritage sites around
Once visiting the charming old seaport of Hoi An, tourists will also have chances to discover three World Heritage sites around Hoi An including My Son sanctuary, Hue’s the majestic Imperial citadel, the expressive Phong Nha caves complex. This makes a great central heritage journey.
- The locals
Hoi An has been named one of the 10 best cities for travelling in Asia by Smart Travel Asia. In fact, it is the safest destination in Viet Nam with friendly and hospitality people. More interestingly, you will not see any motorbikes weaving in and out of the sidewalks or in the streets in Hoi An.
Getting around Hoi An and the surrounding area by bike is a good option, offering a bit of freedom and the chance to burn some category you packed on testing out some of the dishes above. The An Hoi peninsula, across from the Old Town a great spot for a ride, as is Cam Nam island, connected by a bridge, but there are many more once you get out of town. One jaunt was into the countryside in the direction of the nearby pottery village. Another day you can do it to Cua Dai beach, the southern most stretch of which has come to be known as China Beach, where American soldiers once had their R&R. There are many cycling tours to choose from, and having a guide when visiting some of the artisans villages is very helpful, a bike is the best deal in Hoi An!
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