A city full of old-world charm, Hoi An in Vietnam is a truly captivating destination that is well worth exploring even for a day; that said, spending more time here is recommended too!
The Ancient Town
The historic quarter or Ancient Town gives one a chance to explore a historical trading port dating back to the 15th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site which is near properties like Anantara Hoi An Resort features charming shophouses, an iconic Japanese Bridge, age-old canals, Chinese temples and pagodas.
Taking countryside tours is an ideal way to experience the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Certain resorts and hotels in Hoi An offer various excursions be it by bike, open jeeps or even sidecars. You can even get the chance to ride buffaloes as well as learn the art of farming or fishing.
Amongst the best things to do in Hoi An is to ride around the city on a bicycle which you can use to visit the countryside or nearby An Bang Beach too. Some resorts also offer rewarding local activities such as cooking classes to make authentic Vietnamese cuisine or workshops to create traditional lanterns.
Even though it may be a packed schedule, make time to sample the local cuisine. Head to the Hoi An Night Market where you will find all manner of dishes on offer from com ga to coconut cake! Some resorts will also offer private dining by the river with a menu of Vietnamese delights, a perfect end to the day.