Hoi An Ancient Town is a name not too strange for international visitors when coming to Vietnam. Bellow, here are the article’s top 10 things to do in Hoi An; we hope you will find the most suitable stuff for your exploring Hoi An trip.
1. Walk Around the Streets of Hoian Ancient Town
When coming to the old town, the best thing is to walk around the streets, admire the old houses, and enjoy glasses of sweet sugarcane juice.
It would be best to visit many famous places associated with Hoian ancient town on the main streets, such as Tran Phu Street, Nhat Ban Bridge, Bach Dang Street along Hoai River, and Assembly Hall of Guangdong.
Boats used to carry passengers on the river are entirely rowed by hand, and don’t use mechanical engines, so visitors feel the peaceful atmosphere of the old town.
You will enjoy the riverside view with hundreds of year-old houses and bustling people. Visitors also listen to stories from boatmen to Hoi An and life here when sitting on the boat.
This experience is even more astounding when you go sailing in the evening. The lantern hanging down the sparkling river and the flowering lights floating on the water stream will be an unforgettable impression on you.
3. Visit Tra Que vegetable village
Located about 3 km from the center of Hoi An Ancient Town, Tra Que vegetable village is where dozens of vegetables are provided to the old town and other areas.
This is a top-rated tourist attraction; 3 famous vegetables in this village include basil, lettuce, and cilantro. The vegetables here are grown clean; the soil is applied with seaweed picked up from the river.
Tourists can buy Tra Que vegetable village tours or go by motorbike or bicycle. Come here; you will experience the work of vegetable growers, listen to the introduction of vegetable fields, and care process if you want to learn about Vietnamese village life. This is one of the great things to do in Hoi An for you.
4. Cycling around the old town
In addition to walking around the old town by walking, you can explore Hoi An by renting bicycles. With an old town area not too wide, the road is easy to find suitable for you to implement this experience.
You can visit the Assembly Hall of Guangdong, Japanese bridge, old houses hundreds of years old. Besides, you can also ride your bikes out of the old town and discover the peaceful village scene with rice fields, dykes, and rural life of residents around Hoi An.
5. Get Tailor-Made Clothes
In Hoi An there are many exciting things for foreign tourists, one of which is the shops specializing in sewing pants, and shirts; you can take that during the day. Forbes Magazine once honored one of Hoi An’s “fast-tailoring” shops because of its unique service and professional service.
Only after about 4 hours can visitors receive the item they just ordered. Tailored clothes in Hoi An are good quality, trendy, and price only 15 to 100 USD. Suppose you want to experience the feeling of tailoring dresses quickly. This is one of the exciting things to do in Hoi An.
6. Visit The Ancient Temples Of My Son
When in Hoi An, the ruins of My Son are well worth the visit. The old temples are just one hour from Hoi An and are situated in a beautiful green forest valley.
Because there were so many bombings here during the Vietnam War, almost all temples were partly destroyed. You can’t compare it to other well-maintained temple sites like, for example, Angkor Wat, but a day tour to these ruins taken over by the jungle is something you can’t miss. You can go here by renting a motorbike and using Google Maps.
7. Eat An Authentic Banh Mi
Bread is a unique dish in Vietnamese Cuisine. According to the famous chef Anthony Bourdain, Hoi An is home to the best Banh Mi. Slices of grilled pork, pate, cucumber, and typical vegetables and sauces make Hoi An bread incredibly delicious and attractive. There are two very famous bakeries in Hoi An that you should try once: Phuong bread and Madam Khanh bread.
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8. Drink Coffee In Old Town
After walking around the old town, you can stop at a roadside cafe to enjoy Vietnamese coffee and relax. The coffee shops in Hoi An are not too wide but are decorated with a nostalgic style and deep tones, making the space more simple and close to everyone.
When entering the coffee shops, you will be able to remove the bustle and noise of the outside to soak up the quiet space and the aroma of aromatic coffee. You can choose coffee shops on the 2nd floor to see the whole surrounding landscape.
9. Drop Flower Lights on the Hoai River
Hoi An ancient town’s scenery becomes more attractive in the evening, which is the time when thousands of flower lights are lit. On the 1st and 15th of the lunar month or Mid-Autumn Festival, visitors can participate in dropping flower lights on the Hoai River.
The calm, quiet river surface suddenly glowed with hundreds of sparkling flower lights. At present, flower lights are still available for sale all day so that you can buy and drop them with your wishes lune.
10. Enjoy Cao Lau dish
Cao Lau is one of the typical dishes in Hoi An that anyone who comes here should try once. The origin of this name is fascinating. In the past, when traders came to Hoi An to trade, they often enjoyed this dish on the “high floor” to look after the goods. Since then, this dish has been called Cao Lau. (Cao = High, Lau = Floor)
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