- Although Hoi An may lack that Venicesque charm which practically any other global city has also failed to imitate, winding canal streets populated with drifting gondolas,
- Hoi An is harming and magical in its own right. The narrow streets and the resplendent glimmers of old lanterns create a true feeling of community spirit and the locals will only illustrate this more. Friendly smiles are as apparent here as the scent of local treats being boiled or grilled within an arm’s reach and this part of your Vietnam Holiday Package will ensure you don’t get bored at any point.
- Hoi An offers a rich chapter of history and as this delightful town was once one of Asia’s major parts, you can be sure of a few interesting stories along this leg of your Vietnam Holiday 2016.
Riddled with atmosphere and architecture, one major selling point of Hoi An is that it hasn’t fallen into the same trend of many other Vietnamese cities, with their pollution and hectic traffic systems. Indeed, Hoi An is relatively peaceful and it’s prevailing ‘old town’ character creates an allure worthy of anyone’s embrace.
- There are dozens of things you can enjoy during this part of your Vietnam tour and we have carefully selected some of the most exciting options for you to experience while you stay in Hoi An.
Japanese Covered Bridge – This wonderful piece of architecture offers an emblematic insight into the history of this once famous port town and was originally built by Japanese settlers as a means of commuting to the Chinese quarters. Maintenance and improvements have remained loyal to the original design and have not diluted its character, making this asset of Hoi An well worth a visit.
Assembly Hall of the Fujian Congregation – This traditional assembly hall was eventually transformed into an important place of worship, primarily to show love and respect for Thien Hau, a famous deity residing in the Fujian Province. This stunning example of Hoi An’s architecture is precious to the local people and is laced with many interesting decorative features.
Tan Ky House – This is perhaps one of the most obvious tourist attractions in Hoi An and is visited by countless domestic and international visitors every year. Passionately preserved for more than generations, this intriguing home was built more than 2 centuries ago by a local Vietnamese family. The architecture itself boasts several Chinese and Japanese influences, but it’s the stunning interior which manages to arouse the most curiosity. The beautiful detail includes Chinese poetry which hangs from the roof columns and fables illustrated with birds gracefully in flight.
Palmarosa – It’s a good guess that you will feel a little exhausted at times during your Travelling Vietnam, so why not use Hoi An to revitalise. The Palmarosa spa is the perfect place to let your worries evaporate into the steamy ambience while a pair of professional massaging paws helps to lift your spirits. You can enjoy both hand and foot care and a range of different massage techniques from Thai to Swedish.
These are just a handful of the places you can visit during your trip to Hoi An, however we are not finished yet! If you will be on your Vietnam Holiday Package during the 14th day of the month, we would like to wholeheartedly recommend that you spend this day in Hoi An. The Full Moon Festival is looked forward to with great anticipation and sees the town transform into a bounty of colours and aromas. Traffic is completely locked out of the Old Town, meaning you and your family are safe to scurry about until the sun rises. You could also join local students on a bicycle tour (Ecotour) to Kim Bong Village, Tra Que Village, Cam Thanh Fishing Village . This activity is completely free of charge, you will just be required to engage in conversation with the budding students, who have a passion for improving their English and hospitality skills, not a bad way to spend the afternoon! The town of Hoi An also offers numerous guided diving tours to Cham Island and while you are here, you will be able to get involved in cooking classes, lantern making workshops and various boat excursions.