Hoi An makes for a perfect chill-out holiday destination. Located in South-Central Vietnam, it is easily accessible and makes a great multi-centre destination offering the perks of both a city and beach break. Stunning white-sand beaches, traditional pagodas, a historical Old Town and bustling markets – it simply has it all! Being UNESCO World Heritage protected, Hoi An’s well-preserved charm wins you over from the moment you arrive. Everything from the rich, sweet smells of the food markets and street vendors to the stunning architecture, authentically-aged cobbled streets and the infinite textures of the beautiful materials stocked by the experienced and skilled tailors that are waiting to hand-craft your perfectly fitted outfit, every element of this magical place runs through you from the moment you arrive and it is a very special place to be.
When spending a day in Hoi An, the best way to explore is by bicycle. Hire or borrow a bike from your hotel and go on a miniature adventure through the beautiful Old Town – full of character and charm and of course bargaining merchants. Pick yourself up a perfectly unique suit from one of the infamous traditional Vietnamese tailors, then take a leisurely boat ride down the peaceful and simply beautiful Thu Bon River that is lined with stunning Buddhist architecture. Feel the warm, gentle breeze kiss your skin as you cycle down the breathtaking coastline. Make a stop for lunch at the pop-up beach bar serving local Vietnamese delicacies and relax on the crisp, white sand under the glorious sun. Local workers may come round offering refreshments and you will be in absolute bliss! Experience a fruity cocktail made freshly in front of you as you do not even have to move a muscle! Once the sun has begun to go down, take a leisurely cycle back to your hotel and prepare yourself for a lovely evening.
As the darkness approaches, now is the perfect time to find out why the town is so well-known for its trading history. Hoi An was home to the largest harbour in Vietnam and became a hugely significant trading port within South East Asia from the 15th to the 19th Centuries. This made Hoi An the wealthiest city in Vietnam and perhaps is why the town has been so well-preserved. It also means that the markets are, and always have been, some of the busiest and most exciting in the whole country. At night, the town illuminates with vibrant and colourful lights with decorative lanterns on every corner. The busy market stalls hosting exotic street food, local convenience items, hand-made instruments and plentiful souvenirs, is where you will find your loved ones gifts to take home with you! Grab a drink at the local bar and enjoy live music and a friendly atmosphere. A perfect end to a perfect day!
Hoi An is one of many beautiful towns in Vietnam and has a lot to offer any tourist. Speak to a Just Love Travel Asia specialist today to put together a tailor-made itinerary for your dream holiday.0