The best things to do in Hoi An (Vietnam)

The following idyllic experiences will help you have many wonderful memories with Hoi An.

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Eat “Cao Lau”

“Cao Lau” is a famous dish of Hoi An land. Regarding the origin of the name “Cao Lau”, up to now, no one has been able to explain it. If other vermicelli and pho dishes use a lot of broth, “Cao Lau” is different. A “Cao Lau”  bowl is greasy, a little sauce, char siu, and herbs.

Cao Lau

Before eating, diners will mix the ingredients and put them into their mouths to feel all the mixed taste of the fat, the freshness of the vegetables, the aroma of the meat, the chewy and crunchy noodles, and the spicy taste of chili.

Visit Tra Que Vegetable Village

Located about 3 km from the center of Hoi An, Tra Que vegetable village is the place to grow dozens of vegetables for the old town as well as other areas. This is a popular attraction for visitors to visit, 3 famous vegetables in this village include thyme, coriander, and cilantro.

Tra Que Vegetable Village, Hoi An, Vietnam

Vegetables here are grown according to the clean process, the soil is fertilized with seaweed picked up from the river. Visitors can buy tours to Tra Que vegetable village or go by motorbike or bicycle by themselves. Here, you will experience the work of a vegetable grower, hear about vegetable fields and the care process.

Drop flower lights on the Hoai River

The scenery of the old town of Hoi An becomes even more attractive in the evening when thousands of lanterns are lit. On the 1st and 15th of the lunar month, visitors can participate in releasing flower lights on the Hoai River.

mid-autumn festival hoi an

The calm, quiet river surface suddenly brightens with hundreds of sparkling flower lights. Currently, flower garlands are still available for purchase all day, so you can buy and drop them down with your wishes.

Drink coffee in the old town

Traveling to Hoi An, after walking around the old town, you can stop at a roadside cafe to sip and rest. The cafes in Hoi An are not too large but decorated with a nostalgic style and deep brown tones; making the space more simple but very close.

Hoi An Coffee Shop
Hoi An Coffee Shop

When entering the shops, customers seem to let go of the bustle and noise to immerse themselves in the quiet space and the strong aroma of coffee. Visitors can choose the second-floor shops to see the whole surrounding landscape

Visit the Seven-acre coconut forest

Located about 3 km from the center, seven acres of coconut forest give visitors the feeling of visiting the Mekong region. Coconut forest is located next to 3 rivers: Hoai, Thu Bon, To Vong. When you come here, you will sit on a basket boat and go inside to explore.

Seven acre coconut forest (Hoi An)

While sitting on a basket boat, visitors will be instructed to make rings, crowns made of nipa palm leaves … For those who ride a basket boat for the first time, you can experience this unique sailing feeling.

Cycling around the old town

In addition to walking the old town on foot, you can explore Hoi An by rental bike. With an area of ​​the old town not too wide, easy to find roads … suitable for you to make this experience.

Cycling in Hoi An

On the way, you should remember to visit Assembly Hall of Cantonese, Japanese Covered Bridge, hundreds of years old houses … Besides, visitors can cycle themselves out to the old town, explore the peaceful countryside with rice fields, embankment, rustic life of residents around Hoi An.

Eat famous dishes

For food lovers, Hoi An is definitely an attractive place to enjoy dishes with its own taste. Do not forget to eat Phuong bread, chicken rice, Quang noodles, wonton, especially fried wonton; which is a dish chosen by many tourists. In addition, traditional local cakes are displayed on the streets along the old town.

Boat ride on Hoai River

Boats used to transport passengers on the river can be rowing entirely by hand, not using mechanical engines; so visitors can feel the peaceful atmosphere of the old town. You will see the scenery on both sides of the river with hundreds of years old houses; bustling flow of people.

Hoi An, Vietnam (Central Vietnam)

While sitting on the boat, visitors can also listen to stories from the boatman about Hoi An and the life here. This experience is even more amazing when you take the boat in the evening. The light of a lantern falling on the sparkling river and the light of flowers floating on the water will be an unforgettable impression on the traveler.

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