5 things to do in Hoi An
Located in the sunny central region of Vietnam, Hoi An shines with abundant charms. The Hoi An ancient town is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is exceptionally well-preserved and filled with historic beauty. Here are 05 things you must do when visiting this unique town:
1. Try street food – as much as you can
Vietnam food is without a doubt one of the most delicious cuisines – and we cannot stress enough how street food is a must try here. Banh mi Phuong of Hoi An – featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations – is said by many to be the best banh mi you can find in the world. Crispy, warm baguette filled with fresh herbs, different types of meat with a special sauce that will wake up the palate. You can also try cao lau (rice noodles with pork and vegetable), banh dap (rice crackers with steamed rice pancakes and anchovy sauce), and then enjoy some more with a sweet mango cake or black sesame pudding.
Banh mi Phuong - Hoi An
2. Take a bike trip
There’s no better way to enjoy the idyllic scenery of Hoi An than a bike trip around the countryside. Starting from the ancient town, cycling through the trees, green rice fields and mirror-like ponds, and have an enjoyable time with nature. If you go far enough, you’d reach the beach, and that’s another great chance for a great relaxing day. A little tip: renting a bike for a whole day will cost less than just a few hours, so just go all the way and make the most of it.
3. Get your dose of culture
Interested in culture and history of this historic little town? You’d find old photographs of Hoi An from the early 1900s, see fascinating collections of pottery and urns dating back thousands of years ago or adore the unique dresses of rural people from Vietnam in Hoi An Museum of History and Culture, Museum of Say Huynh Cultures and Museum of Folk Culture.
4. Don’t forget to make a wish!
When the moon is at its fullest and brightest, Hoi An turns into a magical place with lanterns litting up the river. If you happen to be here on the 14 – 15th of lunar months, make sure to attend the lantern festival. You can buy lanterns with less than US $1 on the streets, and send it off from the riverside with a wish for good luck. Or you can get a traditional boat ride along the river, from which you can sail the lantern off and enjoy the splendid view of the ancient town in the bright moonlight.
5. Shop away!
Hoi An is known for its custom made clothing, with many tailors and clothing shops all over town. It’s quite a fun experience, choosing the designs and fabric for your brand new clothes, which you will get to pick up just around 6 hours later. The Cloth Market is worth a visit if you’d like to dig a little deeper in the colorful world of fabric. Just make sure to bargain: most sellers will go with half or even one-third of the price they offer in the first place.
If you’re in Hoi An, don’t forget to drop by and visit us at Ginkgo Stores at No. 133 Tran Phu and No.59 Le Loi st – where you’d find exclusively designed apparel and accessories, inspired from the cultural beauty of Vietnam itself.
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