A Brief Getaway to Hoi An – Must do Activities in a Captivating City

The city of Hoi An is always an interesting place to visit. If you are in this city for a brief getaway there are a number of engrossing attractions that should definitely be in your itinerary.

Shop at the Central Market

At Hoi An’s bustling Central Market you will have the opportunity to gain a fascinating insight into the local way of life. You will also be able to browse through the fresh vegetables and fruits, handicrafts and spices. A Hoi An hotel to consider from which this market can be easily reached would be Anantara Hoi An Resort.

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Go sightseeing at Hoi An Old Town

The picturesque Hoi An Old Town will capture the imagination of the avid sightseer. Highlights here include the Fujian Assembly Hall, Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Museum of History & Culture and the Chuc Thanh Pagoda.

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Visit My Son Sanctuary

The fascinating My Son Hindu Sanctuary is a remnant of the civilization of the Champa people and will strike the interest of the history and culture lover. Here you will encounter temples, striking towers and attractive stone sculpture amidst the verdant jungle.

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Dine at a local restaurant

You will find that Hoi An boasts a myriad of appealing bars and restaurants offering delectable foods. Many of these establishments feature sizable lounge areas as well as large screen entertainment whilst regularly hosting DJs, live bands and traditional shows.

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Mui Ne Fishing Village – A Charming Coastal Escape

Want to take a trip to the coast, experience some local culture and try some truly delectable seafood too? If you are planning a holiday to Vietnam, then such an experience awaits at the Mui Ne Fishing Village!

Where can it be found?

This charming village by the sea can be found at Mui Ne Bay’s northern end. It lies around 07 km from Mui Ne Town and is easy to reach from Phan Thiet hotels as well. In order to get there, you can look to travel via motorbike, car or even a bicycle, depending on where you are staying.

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Best time to visit

To truly immerse yourself in the coastal beauty surrounding Mui Ne Fishing Village, the best time to visit is probably early mornings. This is the time when local fishermen return with their night’s catch and the area is a hub of activity. Alternatively, late afternoon is also a good time to head there.

Highlights that await

Bring your cameras or phones along cause there is plenty to capture; the fishermen sorting their daily haul of fish and crabs on the beach and the bay dotted with colourful vessels including the traditional round shaped boat known as the coracle. Certain resorts like Anantara Mui Ne Resort even give you the chance to head out with fishermen in a coracle boat to try some fishing for yourself!

Image Credit: Anantara Mui Ne Resort

Foodie delights

Of course, no visit is complete without sampling some of the delicious seafood on offer. There are plenty of restaurants and food carts along the shore serving grilled seafood and other local delicacies worth trying out.

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First Timer’s Travel Guide to Hoi An – A Simple Yet Magical City

Vietnam is one country full of surprises when it comes to places to visit! For the traveller at heart, Hoi An is a place you are sure to appreciate for the wonderful Vietnamese culture that is seen here.

A peaceful meeting place

Hoi An was a famous trading port back in the day, where many merchants from China, Japan and later Europeans lived. These foreign cultures melded together creating a unique set of values in this part of Vietnam.

Weather patterns

Contradictory to the northern part of Vietnam that goes by the 4 seasons, Hoi An has only 2 seasons throughout the year which is the dry season (February – August) and the wet season (September – January). The best month to visit would be April when the weather is perfect!

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Getting there

Once you land at Da Nang International Airport, you can take a taxi straight to Hoi An. There are also buses, shuttle service and even airport transfers provided by a few hotels in Hoi An as well.

How long to stay

The very best of Hoi An can be experienced in as short as a period of three days. Do keep in mind that most places are closed during the Tet holiday and hotel rates in places like Anantara Hoi An Resort are at its highest. Therefore, it is advisable not to visit between the end of January and early February.

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